Bring Prosperity in 2014 with this Hoppin’ John Salad!

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Hoppin’ John is a Southern dish eaten on New Year’s Day to bring prosperity and good luck in the upcoming year. Black-eyed peas signify coins, kale symbolizes money, and corn represents gold. This vegetarian salad version of the dish is a jackpot for those maintaining their weight.

Hoppin’ John Salad – makes about 10 servings


  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup steamed brown rice
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup thawed frozen corn
  • 1 cup kale sliced thin*
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

*I find it hard to stomach raw kale. So I used 1/2 tbl of the olive oil to lightly sautee the kale before adding it to the salad. This softened it up enough to make it a bit easier to digest.

Combine black-eyed peas, rice, onion, celery, bell pepper, corn, and kale in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix together thyme, cumin, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and garlic and pour over the salad. Toss gently. Chill 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition information (per 1/2-cup serving):

  • Calories: 145
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
Sumi Tohan, RDN, LDN

Author: Sumi Tohan, RDN, LDN

Sumi Tohan, RDN, LDN, is a corporate dietitian with Medifast. She received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and completed her dietetic internship through the Virginia Department of Health with a focus in public health nutrition. She has experience in health promotion and disease prevention through WIC. After receiving her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, she decided to become involved in the treatment of overweight and obesity. She loves being a Marylander thanks to Berger cookies and Crab Chips. She favors hiking with her Jack Russell Terrier, Jacques, and bargain shopping over the gym.

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  1. sounds wonderful

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