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Kielbasa Summer Salad

The unexpected combination of flavors and textures in this cool salad sparks taste buds. It can be a main course for a luncheon or a side dish at a dinner or a barbecue. I've gotten many compliments sharing it as a potluck dish. -Sara Primarolo, Sanquoit, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tart apples, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 4 large green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a nonstick skillet, brown sausage. Drain on paper towels. In a large bowl, combine peas, apples, green pepper, onions and sausage.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Pour over sausage mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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  • juicyfruit007
    Jun 20, 2018

    This is yummy. I love to make it in the summer. It does take some chopping, but it is a light and balanced meal.

  • Ruffshse
    Feb 2, 2014

    made this for super bowl ,everyone really enjoyed it . its a keeper ,so in my recipe box it goes . will be making it again .good combination of flavors .

  • tkuehl
    Jan 22, 2014

    I too have had similar success with this recipe, especially at church potlucks. People are unsure, and usually hesitant at first, but before the event is over, they are asking for the recipe. I love the heartiness of the salad, really could be a meal all in itself for a salad luncheon. I love to get a good crispy caramelization on the enhances the flavors. Love it and will make it again.

  • vanderbeck
    Mar 14, 2010

    I have made this recipe for a number of years now for family and friends and people always comment on how unexpected the combination of flavors and how good it is. I have handed out many copies of this recipe.

  • jobrad525
    Nov 1, 2009

    It says its for summer, but I think its great for fall when apples are in season! Great for a low carb diet and quick to make! It works well with other sausages too!

  • vaughtvl
    Dec 4, 2008

    I've had the same experience with taking this salad to potlucks! The combination of flavors is so very good!

  • gillum
    Jun 22, 2008

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  • hamptonian
    May 17, 2008

    I've taken this to several potlucks, and people always love it. A great, crisp, refreshing salad that's also hearty.