Black Eyed Peas & Spinach Salad

This recipe will make a large batch of salad big enough to feed two adults two meals.
This recipe will make a large batch of salad big enough to feed two adults two meals.

Beans, greens, and grain salads are my new favorite dish.  These ingredients make me feel great, energetic, full, and light.  Beans are well known to be rich in plant protein, spinach is a powerhouse of iron, calcium, and phytochemicals, and whole grain brown rice provides complex carbohydrates to fuel the body.  The vitamin C present in the orange juice and zest increases the absorption of iron in this powerhouse dish.

I love the springy texture of black eyed peas!  Steaming is definitely my preferred method of cooking.  Boiling makes the peas mushy and overcooked.
I love the springy texture of black eyed peas! Steaming is definitely my preferred method of cooking. Boiling makes the peas mushy and overcooked.

I usually find spinach to be bitter and I don’t enjoy eating it raw.  When shredded or chopped though, the spinach doesn’t need to be chewed for what (to me at least) seems like hours!  Instead it is a flavorful accompaniment to the springy texture of black eyed peas and rice.  The orange juice also adds a touch of sweetness to the salad.

This salad is alive with nutrition.  Whole, plant-based food is so beautiful.  Food that is so simple, beautiful and delicious is a delight to prepare, photograph, and EAT!

Ingredients:

1 Pound fresh spinach, chopped

2 Cups cooked whole grain brown rice

1 Pound bag dry black eyed peas, soaked in water overnight

Zest and juice from 1 orange

Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (optional)

Drain and rinse the black eyed peas and place in a steaming basket in a large pot.  Add 2 inches of water to the pot and cover.  Steam the black eyed peas over medium-high heat for 12-15 minutes until tender.  Rinse the cooked black beans in cold water until cooled.  Combine the rice, spinach, and black eyed peas in a large bowl.  Add the orange juice and zest and salt (if using).  Enjoy!

Beans, greens, and grains!
Beans, greens, and grains!

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