New Year’s Hoppin’ John Salad

Hoppin' John Salad

Hoppin’ John Salad is a traditional Southern salad that brings good luck for the New Year. The tradition of eating black eyed peas goes back for at least 1,500 years! 



2 ribs celery
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
4 15-ounce cans black-eye peas
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus a few sprigs for garnish
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil
5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped


  1. Chop the celery, peppers, and onion. Mince garlic and chop parsley.
    Drain and rinse black-eyed peas. Add black-eyed peas, chopped vegetables, garlic, and parsley to a large bowl. Mix gently.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegars, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin. Drizzle mixture over the salad and toss gently to coat.
  3. Stir in half the chopped bacon and garnish with parsley.
    Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Keywords: Hoppin' John Salad, Healthy Salad, New Year's Salad, Healthy, Black-eyed peas, Southern salad