This Texas Caviar is a cross between a salad and a dip, made up of black-eyed peas and colorful bell peppers, lightly pickled in a vinaigrette dressing and served with blue corn tortilla chips!
Winter foods are so comforting. But they also tend to be heavy. They make me sleeeeepy. I’m really trying to get my portion control in check, and also eat lighter. Never mind the heavy Mexican pasta casserole I made the other night for dinner, and a wild rice side that was laden with cream and butter, or the pie I made on Saturday. But besides all that…
No, really. My biggest problem is snacking. *raises right hand* I. Am. A. Snacker. I just am. So, I’m really making a concerted effort to surround myself with raw almonds, grapes, and pretzels. Also super delicious, but healthy dips and salads, where I can just take a few bites and feel satisfied.
These black-eyed peas coated with a tasty vinaigrette is also a favorite. Forget the fact that three bites always turns into an entire bowl. I love this so much.
Is it too early to start thinking about Superbowl food? Because this would be a good one to include.
- 15 ounce can black-eyed peas , rinsed and drained
- 1 cup small diced bell pepper (combination of red, yellow, and orange)
- 1 small jalapeno , diced small
- 2 scallions , diced
- 1 shallot , finely diced
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Blue-corn tortilla chips , for serving
- In a large bowl, combine the black-eyed peas, bell peppers, jalapeno, and scallions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, Italian herbs, salt, and black pepper.
- Pour dressing over the black-eyed peas mixture and toss gently to combine.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or eat right away. Serve with blue-corn tortilla chips.
Reader Questions and Reviews
I’ve heard of Texas caviar but never made it. This sounds delicious, healthy and light. I’ve marked it to try soon. Thanks!
At least if you end up eating a whole bowl of this, you basically just ate a whole bowl of fiber and vitamins. Which is a good thing. :)
I am quite the snacker also. On cookie butter. One would think I would stop buying it…but it’s yet to happen.
oh my gosh I love this. Actually, even more that I love it, my guy is gonna love it. I make a 5-bean salad that’s sorta similar- red wine vinaigrette and jalapeno peppers for the win!
It’s never too early to start thinking Supebowl especially if the PATRIOTS are playing!! Go Pats!! Ha ha!
This is total football food!