New Year's good luck foods always include black-eyed peas, but after a night of New Year's Eve partying, who feels like cooking? The best thing about our New Year's Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad is that you can used canned peas and make it a couple days in advance.
Black-eyed peas have been considered a lucky food in America since at least the mid-1800s. Dried peas were a food people were lucky to have on hand in the dark, cold winter. In some countries, beans represent coins and greens represent paper currency. The more you eat of each on New Year's Day, the more money you can expect to see in the new year. As an old Southern saying goes, "Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold."
New Year's Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad is a delicious accompaniment to stewed or quicly sauteéd collard greens. You could also serve it over a kale salad or mixed greens salad. The tangy sweet dressing on the peas is plenty to brighten the greens.
Make New Year's Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad a day or two before serving. The longer the peas marinate in the dressing, the better the salad tastes.