LuLu’s Lower Alabama Caviar

If you don’t know about LuLu’s, you must not have been to Gulf Shores in the last 10 years. It is a hot spot, and with good reason. Lucy Buffett, sister of Jimmy, has created a restaurant that is more than just a place to eat. You can almost stay the afternoon at that place! Besides the excellent food, you can hear live music, play beach volleyball or shop at the LuLu’s gift shop. When I came across the recipe for LuLu’s Lower Alabama Caviar in my recipe box, I knew I had to share it with you. It is so yummy! But beware… It makes a TON. If you are just feeding a family of four, unless those four are strapping young men with huge appetites, you might want to half the recipe. I serve this with tortilla chips or Frito’s Scoops.

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients. Cover tightly, and shake vigorously to dissolve sugar. Set aside.

4 15oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped red onion
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup chopped fresh parsley

Rinse and drain peas well. Mix all ingredients and pour dressing over. Toss well. Put in plastic container, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

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