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Picnic Peas

We love picnics here in the Midwest, and this pea salad is a perfect companion for fried chicken, hot dogs or hamburgers. I discovered this delicious recipe so long ago that I forgot where it came from.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Saute green pepper, onion and celery. Add sugar, bay leaf, peas, tomatoes, half the tomato liquid, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove to a bowl and sprinkle with bacon. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 137 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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