New Year’s Eve Food Traditions

December 31, 2014 by
New Year Tradition Recipe

New Year Tradition Recipe

Rich and I have a couple of New Year food traditions. One is that Rich always has pickled herring on New Year's Eve, and always with Nabisco Saltine crackers. Now, personally I don't get the appeal of pickled fish, but to Rich that's the way it is. So every year I buy him a jar of pickled herring in wine, and he eats them all. Tonight we'll also nosh on some prized Stilton cheese and pears we got in a gift box from Harry & David. Love it!

I like fresh spin on things. So tomorrow we'll be enjoying an updated version of the very traditional black-eyed peas and greens from my childhood. This fresh, tangy salad lasts for days so it's wonderful for a light lunch during the weekend or as a take-along lunch at the office. I modified this recipe from one by Ellie Krieger, one of my culinary heroes.

New Year Black Eyed Pea Salad

For the dressing: try this simple Mustard Vinaigrette, but double it!

For the salad:

Two cans black-eyed peas (or 3 cups cooked) drained and rinsed well.
1/2 cup red onion, minced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
4 - 5 ounces baby spinach (organic preferred), chopped

Combine black-eye peas, onion, and celery. Add enough dressing to lightly coat and gently combine. Put the spinach in a separate bowl, add dressing to lightly coat and gently toss. Add bean mixture to spinach and toss gently to combine. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce if you like. Enjoy!!

What New Year traditions does your family enjoy?