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A bowl with black eye peas salad and serving utensils on a wood table.

Black-Eye Pea Salad - Mavromatika Salata

This salad is fresh, bright, and has Mediterranean vibes. With lots of vegetables and herbs, dressed in a simple vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil it is a colorful summer salad for any occasion.
Course Salads
Cuisine Greek
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 580kcal


  • 2 cans black-eyed peas rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 English cucumber diced
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • ½ fresh basil leaves finely chopped

for the dressing

  • 1/ 2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced in half
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Prepare your salad dressing. 
    Chop the dill and mint and add to a mason jar (or a bowl) with the rest of the dressing ingredients.
    Mix all ingredients well. Set aside.
  • Dice the onion.
    In a medium saucepan add a tablespoon of olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the diced onions. Season with a pinch of sea salt. Sauté onions for 3-5 minutes to soften and sweeten. Remove onions to a bowl and set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Dice the carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers. Halve the cherry tomatoes.
  • Add all the diced vegetables and beans including the onions to a large salad bowl. Remove the garlic and give the salad dressing a good shake (or mix with a whisk) and add to the salad. Mix well, adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve. Enjoy!


I prefer to make this salad the day before, let it sit in the fridge, and then one hour before guests arrive I take it out and let it get to room temperature. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.


Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 39g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2042IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg