this is a staple.  I bring it to potlucks all the time!  We just love it!  Great with tortilla chips, especially "scoops".  It makes lots...but is easily doubled for big parties!!  I got this from a friend of mine Nan when we were catering a party and have been making it for 10 years!  yummy!!!

2 cans (regular size) black-eyed peas (rinsed and drained) or 4 cups cooked black-eyed peas
4-5 roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1/2 - 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced (amount on your spicy scale - feel free to add another)
garlic salt to taste
small bottle Italian dressing (about 2 cups)
2-3 small avocados, diced1 red onion or sweet yellow onion, diced (more or less depending on size)1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients.  Allow flavors to blend a couple hours or overnight.  If this is not possible, that is fine, but it has better flavor this way.
  2. Add final 3 ingredients, stir and serve!