Palate Pleasers

Mondays are very busy for me, I attend Ladies Bible Class and usually take Mom shopping and then I play Scrabble with her. 🙂

I am considering posting some of my favorite recipes on Monday, just to take some pressure off of myself. I love to cook and have been collecting cookbooks for about 40 years. I have over two hundred cookbooks and hundreds of loose recipes. Hope you don’t mind. Please let me know if you do. Bon Appétit!!

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

2 cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 cucumber – finely chopped (I use English Cucumbers)

2 large tomato’s – chopped

1 red onion – chopped

2 serrano peppers, minced (or more if you like it hotter)

1 small bunch of cilantro – chopped

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Salt and Pepper to taste


Let the black-eyed peas drain for about 20 minutes after rinsing.

Mix chopped vegetables with black-eyed peas; add the juice of two lemons.

Refrigerate Salad overnight. Delicious

May be doubled or tripled for large crowds.


Gazpacho Salad

I usually double the ingredients for 8 servings


3 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 medium cucumber, chopped

1 medium bell pepper, coarsely chopped (I sometimes omit this)

1 small red onion, coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup Seven Seas Red Wine Vinegar & Oil Salad Dressing (to coat salad)


Mix the following ingredients into the salad dressing:

1 ½ teaspoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

3/4 teaspoon snipped fresh basil (I sometimes omit this)


In a mixing bowl combine tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion and cilantro.

For dressing, in a screw-top jar Seven Seas Dressing, sugar, garlic, cumin, mustard, chili powder and basil. Cover and shake well. Pour over vegetable mixture, toss lightly to coat. Cover and chill for 2 or 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a salad bow. Garnish with avocado slices.

Both salads are very good. My favorite is the Gazpacho if I can find all fresh ingredients. Larry LOVES it too.

Sorry for all the spacing…it wasn’t like that when I pasted it into my post and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of it. grrrrrrr!

3 comments for “Palate Pleasers

  1. July 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

    This is a great idea, Janice! I collect cookbooks, too, though I don’t have as many as you. I had somewhere around 75, I think, and I ran out of room, so I started giving some of them away!!

    Thanks Judy..we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  2. jel
    July 6, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    they don’t like me, as make me sick 😕

    Ah..I understand!

  3. jel
    July 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    that all looks good , but the peppers and the cilantro 😕

    hope ya had a good weekend 🙂

    We did have a nice weekend, hope you did as well.
    What…you don’t like peppers and cilantro…come on girl, that’s good stuff! 🙂

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