Sylvia's Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Sylvia Woods and Splenda Team Up

GMA Recipes Appetizer
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Sylvia Woods is perhaps New York's most famous soul food chef. In fact, she's been crowned the "queen of soul food," a cuisine that is not generally known for being low calorie.

The Zagat New York City restaurant survey said that the food at Wood's Harlem restaurant is tasty and comforting, but warned: "Don't tell your doctor what you ate."

That's all changed. Woods has joined forces with Splenda and concocted some delicious, yet light treats.

*Canned black-eyed peas and any brand hot sauce may be substituted for Sylvia's canned black-eyed peas and Sylvia's Hot Sauce. For that special flavor, look for Sylvia's canned black-eyed peas and Sylvia's Hot Sauce in your local market or order online.


  • 1 1/2 cups Sylvia's canned black-eyed peas, drained*
  • 3/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granular)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sylvia's Hot Sauce
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine black-eyed peas, bell pepper, celery, red onion and onion in a large bowl; set aside.

    Combine Splenda granular, salt, pepper, garlic, vegetable oil, vinegar and Sylvia's Hot Sauce; whisk until blended. Pour dressing over black-eyed pea mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill overnight.

    Nutrition information per serving:

    Total Calories 90

    Calories from Fat 60

    Total Fat 7g

    Saturated Fat 1.5g

    Cholesterol 10mg

    Sodium 210mg

    Total Carbohydrate 5g

    Dietary Fiber 1g

    Sugars 2g

    Protein 1g

    Exchanges per serving:

    1/2 Starch, 1 Fat

    This recipe, when compared to a traditional recipe, has a 12 percent reduction in calories, a 41 percent reduction in carbohydrates and a 73 percent reduction in sugars.

    Sylvia Woods is a compensated spokeswoman for Splenda Corp.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: green pepper, splenda, garlic, cider vinegar, hot sauce

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable

    More Info: Vegetarian

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