Tasty Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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16 ounces frozen black eyed peas
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 medium onion chopped
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cups spinach leaves -- torn
4 cups lettuce -- torn
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup Monterey jack cheese -- grated
1 medium purple onion -- sliced in rings
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms -- fresh
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preparation / Directions:

Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil, add the frozen peas, the pimiento, Liquid Smoke, chopped onion, vinegar, and garlic. Reduce to simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat, pour off water, and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours. Combine all other ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix in the black-eyed peas. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or more, then serve. This salad recipe and the others following are originals that i have been making for sometime. Most folk seem to enjoy them.

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