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Black Eyed Beans and Basil Salad

VegCookBook by Praveena
Protein Rich, Easy, Filling Salad made with fresh ingredients and homemade, simple plant based dressing. Both Stove top & Instant pot methods given with step wise pics, tips.
Prep Time 10 mins
Make Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine English
Servings 4 people


  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)
  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker (for IP method)
  • Wide Mixing Bowl
  • Small mixing bowl


  • 3 cups Black eyed beans / Lobia / Bobbarlu / Black Eyed Peas (dry / uncooked / before soaking)
  • as required Water
  • 1 count Red Onion (medium size)
  • 1 cup Red Radish (each halved)
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves (packed)
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive Oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Fresh Lime / Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Black Pepper / Peppercorn (freshly ground)
  • ½ cup Feta Cheese (crumbled)


PREP WORK (common for both methods):

  • To ‘SOAK’ the Black Eyed Beans:
    Take 3 cups of beans into a wide vessel, wash them thoroughly.
    Add water, 4 times the quantity of beans.
    Leave the vessel on kitchen platform, let the beans soak for 8 hrs.
    Strain the soaked water before cooking.
    in a SAUCE PAN: Take the beans into a sauce pan, add double quantity of water. Close with lid. Let them cook on medium flame until they soften (might take 30 to 40 mins).
    in a PRESSURE COOKER:Take them into the cooker. Add 1½ cups of water.Close the lid, put the whistle ON, let it cook for 5 whistles. Open only when the pressure is released.
    Strain the beans in a colander, to drain the water.
    Take the soaked Black Eyed Beans into the Instant Pot.
    Add 1½ cups of water.Close the lid, turn the valve to SEALING, and set the mode to PRESSURE COOK for 5 mins (OR) BEAN / CHILI.
    Release the pressure naturally (NPR) or quickly (QPR). Any way is fine.
    Strain the beans in a colander, to drain the water.

If you are using canned / tinned black eyed beans leave the above prep work, start the recipe from here.


    • Into a large mixing bowl, transfer the coohalved radish, feta cheese, chopped onions, basil leaves.
      For the dressing, into a small bowl, take the olive oil, salt, ground black pepper, lemon juice and whisk them until mixed.
    • Tear the basil leaves, combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl.
      Drizzle the dressing onto the bowl. 
      Using 2 spoons each on one hand, gently combine until well coated. 
    • Serve immediately. Done!


    Please see the MAIN POST for recipe with step wise PICS & TIPS!!
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