Texas Caviar Grandma Mary

This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings

1 can, 15-1/2 oz, black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 bunch of scallions, white portion and part of green, thinly sliced
1 to 2 Tbsp of finely diced jalepeno peppers and juice (start with 1 Tbsp and add more to taste)
Dressing: 4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Black pepper & salt to taste.
Whisk dressing, pour over solids and stir. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Note from Mary: I’ve been making this salad for many years without a formal recipe. This is what has evolved as my version. For a long time, no one I knew seemed to have ever heard of "Texas caviar," but in recent years I’ve started to see it on salad bars and elsewhere. Last year I was browsing on the Internet one evening and found "Texas Caviar" in an on-line cookbook from Threadgill’s, a famous traditional restaurant in Austin, TX. Evidently this dish has been around quite some time.

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