(Almost No Cooking) E.A.T. Late Summer Salad with Crowder Peas, Homegrown Tomatoes & Cucumbers


 The so-called “dog days of summer” have gotten to me and when it comes to cooking I am giving in. Salads and variations-on-the-salad will be my mainstay for a bit. Cool foods that I can quickly and easily put together with ingredients  that are readily and locally available. I will make foods that do not require breaking a sweat.

This colander of fresh Crowder peas in where we start today. I quickly cooked them in a plastic bag in the microwave…no hot water steaming up the kitchen on this 90+ degree day,  then I rinsed them in cold water and let them drain for a bit.


Hmmmm….homegrown tomatoes & cucumbers from the Duren-Kemp garden of earthly delights. (That’s my son-in-law and daughter’s garden.)


A splash or two or three of this fab balsamic vinegar purchased down the street from Lazzaroli’s Pasta emporium.


Easy as this Lemon Salt  & freshly ground black pepper added to taste… served with glass of chilled white wine and a baguette from Dozen’s Bakery.


 A late summer, no oven or stove-top dinner, healthy & fresh, cool as a cucumber meal! Keep it simple, don’t work up a sweat with this “Crowder Pea, Homegrown Tomato & Cucumber Salad”. It’s another “E.A.T. ” (easy as this) meal brought to you from my little Food on Fifth kitchen.


(Almost No Cooking) E.A.T. Late Summer Salad of Crowder Peas, Homegrown Tomatoes and Cucumbers

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: E.A.T. (Easy as This)
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  • 2-3 cups fresh, shelled Crowder peas, lady peas or any other summer pea
  • 4 medium size home-grown tomatoes cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1-2 fresh smallish size cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled, sliced or cut into chunks
  • a good balsamic vinegar, as much as you like to coat
  • lemon salt & freshly ground black pepper (or just regular sea salt)


  1. Rinse & drain peas & put in a zip-lock bag left slightly open. Cook in microwave for about 8 minutes on high. Dump into a colander and rinse with cool running water. Leave to drain for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl toss together the cooled peas, tomato chunks & cucumbers.
  3. Season with salt & black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar to taste. Serve at room temp or chilled. Delicious with a crusty baguette and, of course on a hot day, a glass of chilled white wine. Bon Appetite.

Teresa Blackburn   teresablackburnfoodstyling.com    foodonfifth.com

29 thoughts on “(Almost No Cooking) E.A.T. Late Summer Salad with Crowder Peas, Homegrown Tomatoes & Cucumbers

  1. Alas, someone that knows what Crowder peas are! We typically cooking them in pot with ham hock, but I would love to try them like this. So much healthier! Thanks for sharing!

  2. YUMM, I love black-eyed peas! (Well at least that is what they look like and I call them.) We escaped the triple-digit heat and went to the Oregon coast for 5 days. It was pleasant mid-70s and sunny the entire time. (OK I’ll slink off now with that info for you, lol!)

  3. Delicious! My tomatoes have just started coming through, I love how you can make such simple food and when the tomatoes are fresh and perfect it always tastes incredible. This year I grew yellow tomatoes as well, and I;m really enjoyed the mix of colours.

  4. Well I learned something new today. I never knew you could cook fresh peas this way. Sounds like a nice light meal, perfect for your hot day.

  5. This sounds like a delightful summer salad! One question though..there is so much information out there regarding heating/cooking foods in plastic…aren’t you concerned about the possibility of chemicals from the plastic leaching into the food? Just to be on the safe side, I always microwave food in glass containers. 🙂

    1. You know Chris I use plastic so seldom in my kitchen that I am pretty sure overall once a summer won’t hurt, but since this 2017 post I have banished most plastic from my kitchen overall. And yes peas could be steamed in glass bowl with a lid that is set askew or loose or a piece of parchment paper on top. Thanks for the reply and for stopping by Food on Fifth. Stay Well. T

  6. Oh, I didn’t realize this was an older post as I too was using a lot of plastic and heating in it “back then” I should mmob right? I can see you shaking your head…Yes! 🙂
    You stay well too!

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