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Entry from October 13, 2006
“Eyes of Texas” Salad

The “Eyes of Texas” salad was created by Linda Martin in the 1970s and named after the “Eyes of Texas” song. The salad features black-eyed peas with avocado dressing.
‘Eyes of Texas’ Salad
Recipe #95193
This was the winning recipe in 1982 in the Athens, Texas Black-Eyed Pea Cookoff. A Southern tradition says that you will have good luck all year long if you eat black-eyed peas on New Years. This is an interesting dish to serve, but I don’t know how much luck it will bring you! It may be made using left over roasted chicken. I didn’t include cooking time for the chicken or rice in the recipe.
by Julie in TX
8 servings
30 min 30 min prep
Change to:  servings US Metric  
1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas, cooked &,drained (may use canned) 
1 cup rice, cooked
1 cup cooked chicken, finely chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 avocado, mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

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Combine black-eyed peas, rice and chicken.
Add celery, onions mayonnaise, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
Stir well.
Pack into an oiled 5 1/2 cup mold.
Refrigerate until set.
Unmold and spread with Avocado Topping.
Blend ingredients together until smooth.
Smooth over black-eyed pea ring as though frosting a cake.
Tastes & Tales From Texas With Love
by Peg Hein
Austin, TX: Heinco, Inc.
Eighteenth Printing February 2003
Pg. 48:
“THE EYES OF TEXAS,” official song of the University of Texas at Austin, began as a student prank. University President William L. Prather had a habit of closing his speeches to students with the weighty admonition, “Remember, the eyes of Texas are upon you.” John L. SInclair took the phrase and twisted it into a song to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” for a 1903 student minstrel show.
‘Eyes of Texas’ Salad
Athens has a Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree every summer, and along with all the rest of the fun there is a Black-Eyed Pea Cookoff. Linda Martin won the cookoff in 1979 and 1980, and again in 1982 with this Grand Champion recipe.
(Recipe follows, same as above—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, October 13, 2006 • Permalink

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