Black-eyed peas & rice salad

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Hot cooked (boiled) rice
1½ cup Cooked black-eyed peas =OR=- Frozen black-eyed peas (cooked according to package directions)
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
¾ cup Extra-virgin olive oil (or part safflower oil)
1 medium Onion; minced
1 Garlic clove; minced
1 large Carrot; peeled and grated
¼ cup Minced chives or parsley
1 Head of radicchio =OR=- Boston lettuce (for garnish)

This salad version of the traditional Southern New Year's dish called Hoppin' John can be prepared a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

COOK THE RICE AND THE PEAS in advance. PREPARE THE VINAIGRETTE: WHISK THE MUSTARD, salt, pepper and vinegar until dissolved. Dribble in the oil while whisking. Toss the black-eyed peas and the rice with the vinaigrette until everything is nicely coated. Mix in the onion, garlic, carrot and chives or parsley. Bring to room temperature before serving. This dish can be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Place in a bowl and surround with lettuce leaves; serve at room temperature.

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