TEXAS CAVIAR

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TEXAS CAVIAR

by | Mar 26, 2021

Texas Caviar, as it’s been called by Texans since its origins in the 1940’s, has nothing to do with its fishy name. It’s s a salad/salsa hybrid often served as a dip for tortilla chips. The magnificent rainbow of colors paired with beans and accented with a piquant lime dressing is a joy for your eyes as well as your taste buds.

Growing up in Arkansas and attending college in Texas, it’s surprising that I hadn’t heard of Texas Caviar also know as Cowboy Caviar until I came to New England. It’s one of my favorite salads for a picnic or barbeque in the summer but I enjoy it so much, that it often makes an appearance during the winter months as well.

Black-eyed peas will always be on my table for New Year’s Day. It’s a southern tradition to enjoy black-eyed peas on January 1 each year for luck and prosperity in the coming year. My mother always insisted that we force down a tablespoon cooked for hours on the stovetop with a ham hock. The tradition continued as I often coaxed my children into eating at least one on New Year’s Day. Learning to cook has put a whole new twist on the delicious black-eyed pea for my family. Enjoy the nutrition packed peas(they’re actually beans) with black beans and a beautiful array of colorful vegetables any day of the year.

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” Tom Stoppard

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Texas Caviar

The magnificent rainbow of colors paired with black-eyed peas and beans and accented with a piquant lime dressing in this Texas Caviar is a joy for your eyes as well as your taste buds.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dressing/Dip/Spread, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten free, Vegetarian
Servings: 10
Calories: 149kcal

Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Spoon

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans or 1 (15 ounce) can, rinse and drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black-eyed peas or 1 (15 ounce) can, rinsed and drained
  • 1 purple onion small diced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 green bell pepper small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper small diced
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper small diced
  • 1 cup corn fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and veins removed, small diced
  • 3 scallions sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped

Instructions

  • Add the lime juice, garlic, cumin, honey and salt to a large bowl.
  • Slowly whisk the olive oil into the lime juice mixture and continue whisking until the mixture is emulsified.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix gently with a spoon until they are coated with dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning as desired.

Notes

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s, dietician’s or doctor’s advice.
This recipe can be made ahead, however tomatoes do not hold their flavor and texture in the refrigerator.  If making ahead, add the tomatoes just before serving.  

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 964IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe for Texas Caviar…

  • Cooked or canned black beans-1 ½ cups
  • Cooked or canned black-eyed peas-1 ½ cups
  • Purple onion-1
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes-one pint
  • Green bell pepper -1
  • Red bell pepper-1
  • Orange or yellow bell pepper-1
  • Corn fresh or frozen-1 cup
  • Jalapeno-1
  • Scallions-3
  • Cilantro-¼ cup
  • Lime juice, ¼ cup
  • Garlic-2 cloves
  • Cumin-1 teaspoon
  • Honey-1 Tablespoon
  • Kosher salt-1 teaspoon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil-¼ cup
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Add the lime juice, garlic, cumin, honey and salt to a large bowl.

Slowly whisk the extra-virgin olive oil into the lime juice mixture and continue whisking until the mixture is emulsified.

Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix gently with a spoon until they are coated with dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning as desired.

This recipe can be made ahead, however tomatoes do not hold their flavor and texture in the refrigerator.  If making ahead, add the tomatoes just before serving. 

Texas Caviar
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Things you might like to know about this recipe…

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers come in many colors including red, yellow, orange and green. Green peppers are unripe peppers and have a less sweet flavor than the other fully ripe red, yellow and orange peppers. Bell peppers are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C. They also include vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. Bell peppers may also help promote eye health and prevent anemia. Source: Healthline.com

Black Beans

Black Beans are high in fiber, protein and folate. They have a lower glycemic index than many other high carbohydrate foods, and as a result they may help to reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal. Source: Healthline.com

Black beans are available in cans/boxes and dried in the supermarket. Cooking beans from scratch can be a cost saving option. Learn how to cook dry beans here.

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are traditional southern US and Indian staples.  They are high in protein and fiber as well as folate, copper, and thiamine.  According to Healthline.com , they may help increase weight loss, improve digestive health, and support better heart health.  

Black-eyed peas are also high in antinutrients such as physic acid.  These antinutrients may cause digestive issues in some people.  These side effects may be minimized by soaking and cooking them.

Cilantro


Cilantro is a fresh herb which is the leaf of the coriander plant. The leaves are easily mistaken for flat leaf parsley. Coriander spice comes from the seeds of the cilantro plant and has a very different flavor than cilantro. Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asian recipes often use cilantro.


It has a citrus, peppery taste, but to some part of the population, it tastes like soap. If you’re planning a meal which has cilantro as a component, it’s always great to check with your guests to make sure that they don’t have this taste experience. Wash it carefully to remove any dirt. You can also place it in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes to allow any additional dirt to sink to the bottom of the bowl. Pick or slice the leaves from the stems and discard the stems. Add cilantro at the end of cooking or as a garnish. See TheSpruceEats.com for more information on cilantro and how to store it.


Garlic


Most recipes including this one measure garlic by cloves. There can be a very big difference in size from one garlic clove to the next. Experiment with the amount of garlic that you enjoy in your cooking, and adjust the amount used accordingly. Here’s a picture of cloves from one head of garlic to illustrate this point.

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Jalapenos


Jalapenos are low in calories and loaded with nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They may also be heart healthy, fight cancer, promote weight loss. prevent stomach ulcers, and help fight infections. When working with jalapenos, it is best to use gloves. They can burn your skin especially the soft tissue under your fingernails or around existing cuts. Even after you have washed your hands, you may accidentally transfer the capsaicin when you touch your eyes. Trust me……I have experience! The seeds and ribs of the jalapeno have the most heat, so if you want to lower the heat factor in a recipe, be sure to remove the seeds and the ribs. Additionally grey scars on a jalapeno may indicate that it is spicier.

Lime Juice

Just a squeeze of lime juice can add brightness to many recipes. Bottled lime juice does not live up to the taste of freshly squeezed and often has added ingredients.. Some recipes list whole or parts of limes as ingredients. Generally one average lime produces 2 Tablespoons of juice, but this can vary from lime to lime.

Although you can use a reamer or a juicer to juice a lime, one quick way to get the most juice from a lime is to place it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, allow it to cool for about a minute and then juice it with the reamer, the tines of a fork or a juicer. Another option to get more juice from a lime is to roll it over the countertop with the palm of you hand briefly before juicing.

Oils

Oils used in cooking are controversial, and the science around them changes often. A tablespoon of oil contains about 120 calories, and this is about the only thing that you can say about them as a group. Whether a particular oil is monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated or trans, whether it’s a healthy dietary source, what type of flavor it offers to a recipe and how high a temperature it can be cooked at are all good questions to ask when making oil selections. If you’re interested in learning more about oil selection, uses and health benefits, you may find this article from ClevelandClinic.org informative.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes, like potatoes, are members of the nightshade family, but unlike potatoes, they are low in carbohydrates. They contain several vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, and folate as well as antioxidants. Studies have shown that tomatoes may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and tomatoes may also benefit skin health by helping to prevent sunburn. You’ll find more health benefits of tomatoes here.

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