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Texas Black-Eyed Pea Salad
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Cold bean salad. This is a recipe I received from Better Homes & Gardens. Perfect for Type O. [Omit the tomatoes, and the dish becomes okay for type A secretors, as well.]

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (6 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Type O (3 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Side Dish
  • 1 Tablespoon [olive] oil
  • 2 yellow summer squash, thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, and chopped (about 2 Tablespoons) [or substitute 1 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish]
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed
  • 1 16 ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained
  • 1 green onion, sliced (2 Tablespoons) [or 1 scallion]
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges [omit for Type A secretors]
How to make it:
  1. In a medium skillet heat oil, cook squash, peppers, garlic & cumin uncovered, for 8 min or until squash is tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Combine squash mixture with peas, green onion, cilantro and salt.
  4. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.
  5. Toss tomato wedges with pea and squash mixture just before serving.


  6. To get more beneficial foods in the recipe, or if you don't like jalapenos, you could substitute 1 teaspoon, or to taste, grated horseradish for the jalapenos. Also, I would add some kale to this.
  7. Makes 4 side-dish servings.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Garlic1 ,2 B N B B N B N B
Scallion  N N N N N N N N
Tomato/Tomato Juice1 ,2 ,3 ,4 A N N B A N N N
Cilantro2 N B N N N N N N
Olive Oil1 ,2 B B B B B B B B
Squash (Summer/Winter)2 ,3 N N N N N N N N
Cumin  N N N N N N N N
Sea Salt2 N N N N N N N N
Black Eyed Pea  B N A A A A B N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Oil Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Canola Oil2 ,3 N N N N A A N A
Walnut Oil2 ,4 B B B B N B N B
Black Currant Seed Oil2 ,4 B B N N N B N N

Vegetable Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Horseradish2 B N N N N N B B
Pepper (Green/Yellow/All Varie...2 ,3 A N A A B N N N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients which may be high in pesticides.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients with a good omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Oct 02, 2007 at 05:15 PM By: Drea
    • Revised Oct 03, 2007 at 12:45 AM By: Don
    • Revised Oct 03, 2007 at 05:05 PM By: Drea