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Simple Pleasures Made Simply Delicious: Blackeyed Pea Salad

Simple Pleasures Made Simply Delicious: Blackeyed Pea Salad

Day 117

Happy Labor Day weekend! You’ll want to try this for your
summer send-off picnic this weekend. My
daughter, Tate, discovered a very similar recipe on a Pinterest link, adapted
it to suit our tastes, and made it this morning. I’m really glad she did; I
can’t stop thinking about it. It’s that
good,
and so quick and easy! Thanks
Tate!

Photo by Taylor Fowler

Ingredients:

3 cans of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 large jalapeno, deveined and chopped finely
¼ large red onion, diced
6 medium green onions, sliced with greens
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 medium or 1 very large tomato, diced
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed well and chopped finely (we used a
food processor)
½ cup really good extra virgin olive oil (I STRONGLY
recommend Olea Estates olive oil)*

In the bottom of a large, glass serving bowl, mix vinegar,
garlic, mustard, some salt and pepper, and sugar. Stir until blended. Add olive
oil. Mix well. Add all bean salad ingredients to vinaigrette and stir gently
until fully incorporated and mixed. Taste, then salt and pepper to your
seasoning preference. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to
combine properly. Allow to rest outside of refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to
serving.

*Olea Estates is amazing. You’ll never want to purchase your
olives or olive oil elsewhere after trying theirs. http://www.oleaestates.com
I had the chance recently to enjoy an informal email chat
with Demos Chronis, one of the owners of Olea Estates about his family’s
traditions and products. Here’s just a sample of what he had to say. I’ve never
been more impressed with a family business, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
We hand
pick them one by one, when the olives are ready. So we go through our fields
multiple times a day, during the harvest season, to catch them at the right
stage. The brine is made from spring water, sea salt and organic vinegar. Also
the containers we use are all BPA free (and we have the certifications on our
website). We prefer these BPA free plastic containers, cause in that way our
olives are lacto-fermented and preserve the probiotics that are found on the
surface of the olives. All the glass jars that contain olives must be boiled with
the olives in them in order to be out in the market (a sterilization law of EU
and US). But that kills the probiotics, alters the nutritional value of the
olives and the taste. That is the reason for our containers. So the moment we
pick the olives we put them in salt water to remove most of the bitterness and
then transfer them to the brine and pack them.”
“We hand pick
the olives, transport them straight to the mill, wash them thoroughly and
cold press them. Only olive oil from the first press makes it to the glass and
tin containers of Olea, where the rich, full flavor of the oil remains
sealed for you to enjoy. There are no preservatives, additives, colors or any
kind of foreign oil added to Olea. We do not further refine byproducts of
the first press to produce more oil. The difference is the stage of the
olives that we use to produce the olive oil.
The Olea Estates
olive oil is produced when the olives are mature and ready to be harvested.
Here is an important aspect of our process. Even 100% Extra Virgin Olive
Oil like this will be cloudy right off the press. This is because it
contains tiny particles of olive flesh and skin that remain in the oil during
the pressing process. These particles have to be removed, to ensure a uniform
clarity and no cloudiness. To get rid of these particles all mass produced
olive oil goes through a filtering process that separates these particles
from the oil or eliminates them using chemical treatment. Along with the
particles goes some of the olive flavor and nutrients. At Olea we patiently use
a natural process to retain the full olive oil flavor but still guarantee
the clarity of filtered olive oil. We seal the olive oil in stainless steel
tanks and let it sit idle for 60 days in special and monitored temperature
and humidity conditions. During this time the particulate matter naturally
settles to the bottom of the tank. After two months we extract the olive
oil from the top of the tank and ship directly to the USA. Of course, this is not
possible for mass produced olive oil as the overhead of two months, the
tanks required to do this job and the work involved (including cleaning
the tanks at the end of the season) would prohibitively increase the cost in a
competitive market. However, we use this olive oil to feed ourselves and
we do not like feeding on chemicals (even though they are obviously safe for
consumption); we also sure appreciate the full flavor of unfiltered olive
oil.”
-Demosthenis Chronis, Ph.D, Olea Estates

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