On New Years Day, eating black-eyed peas is thought to bring good luck and financial good fortune. This is a southern tradition in the United States. Having grown up on the West Coast, this is not a tradition I grew up with. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to adopt this as one of our traditions. We wanted our recipe to be healthy and good tasting; most recipes typically call for ham hocks. After several experiments this is the recipe we like most. I think the “Good Luck” in this salad comes from all the healthy fiber in this dish.