A burst of summer flavor in this fresh and fiber packed Black Eyed Pea Salad. Tossed with fresh corn, spinach, red onion and a creamy dressing kicked up with a bit of heat, this is a must have at every picnic and barbecue.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Let’s give the under appreciated Black Eyed Pea a little love with an easy, healthy, fresh salad that’s perfect for summer! My Black Eyed Pea Salad is simple to make and the best side dish you didn’t know you needed.

Packed with protein, the black eyed peas are more than just a band….they are tender, fiber filled deliciousness that make great bean salads. Tossed with summer’s best vegetable, sweet corn, they turn into a salad that’s hearty enough to enjoy on it’s own as a vegetarian meal.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

How To Make It

This Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach is one big flavor bomb in a bowl, it’s kind of unassuming in appearance but one bite and you’ll be hooked.  

You can easily make this with frozen corn but it’s even better with corn cut straight from the cob.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

It’s super simple to make, too!  You just cook your corn in a big pot using our favorite method for cooking corn. Don’t doubt me, just do it.  Then, once your corn has cooled, remove it from the ears with a sharp knife.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

Toss your corn with some thawed frozen black-eyed peas…

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

Add in some spinach and red onion.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

Toss with the dressing.

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

What To Serve It With

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Spinach would be fantastic at any picnic or barbecue because it just gets better the longer it sits (within reason, of course.)

It’s a great side dish to these spicy ribs or pack it in your picnic basket to enjoy with your pressed picnic sandwich.  

Heck, make a whole salad smorgasbord if you wish with this easy tortellini salad and some slaw!  It’s your picnic….you do you.

Or try these favorites:

A fresh summer salad that's easy and healthy, Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad with Spinach recipe is perfect for picnics! @SuburbanSoapbox

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Summer’s freshest salad! Black-eyed Pea ad Corn Salad is exactly what summer is about. Fresh, zingy, sweet and delish!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 large ears sweet corn, husked
  • 1 12- ounce bag frozen black-eyed peas, thawed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, sliced into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and the corn to the pot. Turn off the heat and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove the corn and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Remove the kernels from the cob using a sharp knife by cutting downward in a large bowl.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, spinach and onion to the corn. Toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 325mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 5.9mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1.7mg