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Black Eyed Peas Sweet Potato Salad

Welcome to the 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover! I’m participating with a group of fantastic Black Food Bloggers to bring you some delicious recipes to help you celebrate and amplify black culinary creatives. You’ll find a HUGE list of recipe links at the bottom of this post!

You need this Sweet Potato and Black Eyed Peas Salad recipe in your life! Mildly sweet and loaded with fiber, this delicious dish is perfect for your Juneteenth celebration.

I’m a newcomer to celebrating Juneteenth. It’s not a holiday my family celebrated when I was growing up. None of us had heard about the significance of Juneteenth until the last decade or so. We definitely weren’t taught about it in school. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African descendants in the United States more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery.

So let’s celebrate Juneteenth with a cookout, albeit a virtual one, and I’m bringing my sweet potato and black-eyed peas salad. A big bowl of this healthy salad is PERFECT as a meatless meal but sometimes I top this with a few big chunks of sizzling, smokey bacon (here’s how to cure and smoke your own bacon at home).


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While this salad is great to eat as soon as you make it this is also a fantastic make-ahead recipe. Make this a few days in advance and the flavors will really soak into the black eyed peas and sweet potatoes. Fresh herbs and scallions add a powerful flavor punch and brightness to this salad. It’s the perfect potluck barbecue side dish or Sunday dinner. Serve the salad at room temperature, hot or cold!

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My Vidalia Onion Upside Down Cornbread recipe would be ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS with this salad.

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How to make this healthy sweet potato recipe

First, cook the black eyed peas or buy a can of cooked black-eyed peas if you want to. Canned beans are a great time saver when you’re in a hurry. If you are cooking the black eyed peas yourself be careful not to over cook them. You don’t want mushy peas in this recipe.

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Roasted sweet potato cubes

The next step in this recipe is to peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Roasting the sweet potato cubes instead of boiling them concentrates the flavor and sweetness of the sweet potato. You can even leave the skin on the sweet potato if you like, the skin has lots of nutrients.

how to make sweet potato and black eyed peas salad

Make a simple honey and vinegar salad dressing

Dress this salad with honey or agave nectar, rice wine vinegar, and vegetable oil then toss it with lots of FRESH HERBS. Serve as a main dish or as a side to a batch of crispy fried chicken!

Black Eyed Peas Sweet Potato Salad

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 pound of black eyed peas
  • 1/2 an onion not chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds of sweet potato
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 Scallions chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped chives and parsley
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt adjust the salt to your taste
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or avocado oil


  • To cook the black eyed peas~ Use a deep pot and make sure the Black Eyed peas are covered with about 4 inches of water. Add half an onion and salt. Bring to a boil and turn down to a low simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes until the peas are tender. Drain the beans, discard the onion and let cool.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch dice. Toss with vegetable oil and bake at 350 Degrees for about 15 minutes until they are tender. Set aside to cool
  • Toss the sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, scallions and herbs together
  • For the dressing put salt, honey or agave nectar and rice vinegar in a bowl and whisk to combine. drizzle in oil while beating with a whisk. You can also shake it all up in a jar to blend the dressing.
  • Pour the Dressing over the salad and stir gently. Refrigerate overnight. Stir gently again before serving. Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.

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6 Comments on Black Eyed Peas Sweet Potato Salad | 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover

  1. colinewalther
    June 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm (10 years ago)

    that would go great with a July 4th bbq.

    • sweetsavant
      June 15, 2014 at 1:29 am (10 years ago)

      LOL! I tried to get this post done yesterday, but I had a big party to do. Oh well, its late but its here!


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