A Year of Smiles – Day 294

Reason to SMILE #294: SALSA

Oh, and not just any salsa – Black-eyed Pea Salsa!

img_8817Some people call it “Cowboy Caviar”, “Texas Caviar” or “Black-eyed Pea Salad”.  I call it “Yu. um. my”!

There are tons of recipes out there for it, too. Do a search on Pinterest and you’ll be scrolling for days. My recipe is probably the simplest, though. (It has to be for me! You know I’m not good in the kitchen.) There are only 9 ingredients in my black-eyed pea salsa:

2-15 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2-15 oz. cans white shoepeg corn, drained
1-10 oz. can diced rotel
8 green onions, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 diced tomato
1 tbsp minced garic
1-14 oz. bottle zesty italian dressing
salt and pepper to taste*

(If you want an extra kick, you can add a jalapeño. But none of those for me!)

And the directions for preparing the salsa are easy, peasy:

Combine, chill, serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, crackers, etc.

Now that’s my kinda recipe! 😉

I gotta tell ya. There aren’t too many food items I prepare that get requested again and again but this salsa is one of them. Folks around here love it, especially my family.  I give it as Christmas gifts. Mix it up, pour it into mason jars, tie Christmas ribbons around the lids and voilà! The best Christmas present ever! (At least that’s what my brother says.) And it must be good. My family keeps emptying their jars and returning them for refills!

It truly does feel good to know I’ve prepared something that people love. Even better, though, is knowing that with each gift of Black-eyed Pea Salsa, I’m making a whole bunch of folks SMILE.


*I believe I found this easy recipe at food.com. I certainly didn’t come up with it on my own! 😉


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