Black eyed peas with Fresh Dill, Olive Oil and Orange Slices is one of my all-time favorite Mediterranean Diet recipes. How can you go wrong with fresh dill, fresh parsley, green onions, orange slices, and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
As you prepare this amazing dish, I would highly recommend resisting the urge to cut back on the olive oil. As you simmer the ingredients, the oil cooks into the beans and herbs and what is left thickens to make a flavorful gravy. This is a traditional vegan dish from the island of Crete and works great with a vegan salad. If you are not vegan, you can eat it with our authentic Greek salad for a meal that is comforting, filling and good for you!
This recipe is from our book: “Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World” by Koula Barydakis and Bill Bradley, R.D.
Black Eyed Peas with Fresh Dill, Olive Oil and Orange Slices
- 2 28 oz cans black eyed beans or 4 small cans
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup fresh parsley, stems removed, chopped
- 1 cup fresh dill, stems removed, chopped
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and grated
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 slices orange with peel and flesh
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Drain beans, reserving liquid.
- Heat oil in a deep pot. Sauté beans, parsley, dill, onions, and carrots for 3 minutes.
- Add bay leaves, orange peel, tomato paste, 2 cups reserved liquid from beans and 2 cups water.
- Stir and cook for 30 minutes.
- Salt and pepper, to taste
What is the first ingredient? Two large black eyed peas?
Thanks. Bags? Pounds?
Hi Mar! 2 x 28 oz cans. Good catch thank you.
I made this dish for dinner ! I’ve never tasted anything so different and delicious at the same time. My family loved it and will be a main staple in our diet. Thank you.
Isn’t 1g protein in beans-based dish a mistake?
Absolutely Delicious. This recipe is a keeper.
This recipe is delicious! I’m so happy I found it. It’s one of my new favorites and I can’t wait until potlucks are happening again and I can share it with others.
This calls for for a whole cup of olive oil.
Is that a typo?
1 cup of olive oil is the correct amount. It is very common in Greek recipes to have 1 cup of olive oil. It is also where people have the lowest rates of heart disease and traditionally had low rates of obesity. This is one of my favorite recipes. Give it a try. I think you will find it delicious and very filling.
I also used the instant pot and it was fabulous!!
This was nice and easy although I had to use dry beans because my local market did not have a any canned ones. I cooked them in my instant pot and then proceeded to make the recipe. It was delicious and I would definitely make it again. Very hearty and satisfying.
That was a good idea cooking them in the Instant Pot! I’m glad you liked it. Just so you know, we adapted this recipe for the Instant Pot and it uses dried beans. Here is the recipe. You can just make the whole recipe in the Instant Pot without having to cook the beans separately. Thanks for commenting! https://www.mediterraneanliving.com/instant-pot-black-eyed-peas-with-fresh-dill-and-parsley/