Black Eyed Pea Salsa

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Some people call this Redneck Caviar or Hillbilly Caviar, but I’m not especially fond of either name. It doesn’t do it any justice. I just like to call it what it is – Black Eyed Pea Salad. This is one of my favorite appetizers. Black eyed peas, onion, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, jalapeno (to name a few ingredients), tossed in a red wine vinaigrette. 

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad – A New Version

I’ve made so many versions of this, but now I think I’ve nailed this one down as my favorite. This time I added celery and olives, omitted the tomatoes and added a luscious honey-red wine vinaigrette.  

Yes, I omitted the tomatoes, but not intentional to begin with – I was making it and forgot to add them.

Like an idiot.


I tasted it before adding them and I LOVED it!!  ♥

Now with the addition of celery and olives, I realized that I love this version more even without the tomatoes, and I definitely didn’t see that coming.

Black Eyed Pea Salad

The Red Wine Vinaigrette is fantastic – it brightens it a little and rounds the flavors out.

But the feta.

And the olives. it’s just a little different and so good.

After you make this, put it in an air tight container in the fridge and it will keep for 3-5 days. When you take it out of the fridge you’ll probably need to freshen it up and moisten it with a little dressing.

If you feel that it needs more liquid but don’t want to overseason it with too much dressing, low sodium chicken broth is a perfect solution.

I have a serious affinity for anything that even resembles an appetizer – if you didn’t know that about me go here, here and here.

Black Eyed Pea Salad

As you can probably tell, I LOVE salty, sharp cheese. Sharp white cheddar, Manchego, Blue, Gouda, etc. – the sharper, the better

Keep in mind you can add the tomatoes if you want to; that definitely couldn’t hurt it.

Just try it first before you do.

Black Eyed Pea Salad


Ways To Serve Black Eyed Pea Salad

  • Obviously, as a salad
  • A scoopable dip
  • On top of fish (salmon comes to mind…)
  • On a burger
  • In in chicken or fish tacos

Here’s your printable-

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Black Eyed Pea Salad


  • 1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced


Combine peas through feta cheese.
Whisk together the olive oil, basil, vinegar, salt and honey; pour over pea mixture.
Refrigerate until ready to serve with pita chips, Fritos, or whatever!
You may only want to use a 1/2 to 3/4 of the dressing, but save the rest. It will refresh the salsa if you have leftovers.

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Black Eyed Pea Salad

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This post was originally published on 01/22/2014, and updated for content 08/20/2021.


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    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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