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Inside Cooking Ep 123: Healthy Texas Caviar

Healthy Texas Caviar (aka Cowboy Caviar) features black eyed peas and black beans with veggies and avocado tossed in a lime & apple cider vinaigrette. It is perfect to serve as a dip, a salad, or a side dish. It’s naturally vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Ingredients (for 8 – 12 servings)

COWBOY CAVIAR:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 ½ cups fire roasted corn (or regular is fine too)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup EACH: red onion, diced AND cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 small avocados, diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (or parsley)

DRESSING:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or ancho)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, cumin powder, AND salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

(Preparation time: 10 mins; Ready in: 10 mins)

STEP 1

Drain and rinse the black eyes peas and black beans. Drain the canned corn, or if using fresh corn cut it off the Cobb.

STEP 2

Prep and dice the red peppers, jalapeno, and onion. Chop the cilantro.

STEP 3

Prep and dice the avocado. Tip: The easiest and quickest way to dice an avocado for this recipe, is to slice it in half, remove the seed, using a small knife score the flesh in to segments, using a cross-hatch pattern, being careful to not break through the skin, and scoop it out using a large spoon, getting as close to the skin as possible in one swoop.

STEP 4

Assemble the salad by adding the beans, corn, bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, avocado and cilantro to a large bowl, top with spices, apple cider vinegar, optional oil, lime juice and salt & pepper, and toss well to coat. Taste for flavor.

STEP 5

Eat right away, or let the salad rest in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the flavors mingle.

Be sure to check out the recipe video on YouTube for more useful tips on the recipe!

Inside Cooking Ep 123: Healthy Texas Caviar