Vegan Main Dishes/ Vegan Recipes

Black Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Black rice with black-eyed peas and corn recipe

This Black Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens recipe makes an attractive dish to serve hot or cold—an invigorating melange of flavors, textures and colors. I just love the way the corn, black-eyed peas, and greens look against the dark rice, but if brown rice is what you’ve got on hand, that will work, too. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas.

Black Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Serves: 6 to 8


  • 1 cup forbidden black rice (or use wild rice)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely diced
  • 3–4 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels (from 3 medium-large ears)
  • 10–12 ounces collards greens or kale (any variety), stemmed and cut into narrow ribbons
  • 1 (15–16 oz) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, or more, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • toasted pumpkin seeds for topping, optional


  1. Combine the wild or black rice in a saucepan with the broth. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, celery, and white parts of the scallion and sauté over medium heat until all are golden.
  3. Stir in the green parts of the scallion and corn.
  4. Stir in the greens, then add 1/4 cup water. Continue cooking until greens are wilted down and nearly tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the black-eyed peas, vinegar, and lemon juice. Stir together and cook for a minute or two, then stir in the wild or black rice.
  6. Stir in the dill and parsley, then season with salt and pepper. Serve at once, passing around pumpkin seeds for topping individual servings if desired.

Variation: Use stemmed and sliced turnip greens in place of all or part of the collards or kale.

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  • Reply
    April 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Black Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens
    Read more at I don’t see the onion listed in the ingredients so don’t know how much to use. thanks.

    • Reply
      April 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Karen, sorry, there’s no onion and so there was a little confusion in the directions. I made the correction and it should be all set now. Thanks for the eagle eye!

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    Robert Johnson
    March 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Adding onions wouldn’t hurt though! Nor garlic.

    • Reply
      March 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Robert, you’re right — and I updated the recipe. Thanks!

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