August 1, 2010

Texas Caviar

Hotter than...

...the weather, not the salad


Since summertime is beating down on us, I've been doing a lot of cooking outdoors - crazy, I know.

Here's a recipe for a refreshing cool salad that goes great with grilled foods. It's another version of Country Caviar and ingredients change with every region. This one is from Texas.

Texas Caviar


2 -15 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, stem and seeds removed, then finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine everything up in a bowl; season with the salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 

Serve cold. 

Note: Alabama does a version without the serrano and with varying sweet peppers, garden fresh plum tomatoes and a tad of sugar.
And from our surrounding states:
Mississippi enjoys a version using a good dose of Italian dressing, not sure why...
Tennessee folks like it hot with a can of Rotel and Mexi-corn.
Georgia likes to add Rotel and Italian dressing, not sure why...
And my Floridian friends, well, they add ketchup, red wine vinegar and Thai fish sauce.

16 comments :

  1. This sounds really good! I am going to have to give this one a try!!!

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  2. I prefer to cook outdoors in summer... but under the shade of course. :)

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  3. this looks like it would be fantastic with some large corn chips! Delish!

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  4. wow...I haven't thought of black eyed peas in so long.....this would be great on my salad bar at school! what a perfect recipe, and I love the name!!

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  5. How clever - Caviar for vegetarians. I love any caviar.

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  6. "Texas Caviar" had to look just because of the name. I was expecting something rather scary and more for the culinary "adventurer" (like rocky mt. oysters). Pleasantly surprised to find such a nice, summer dish! It would be a great accomapniment for many dishes.

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  7. Yes please! Send some my way!

    K, thanks :-)

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  8. I've been looking at Texas Caviar recipes a lot lately. I just found the one I wanted. Love the black-eyed peas!

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  9. I loved the name it drives you to the post, wasnt expecting the black beans but it all makes such perfect sense, yep I was having a blonde moment... I just started to love black beans, the burgers, the chili now this is another one that sounds like a winner great job here~

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  10. Yep, over the top summer spicy goodness with this one! My kind of eating right here.

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  11. This looks like such a refreshing dip! I love the combination of flavors.

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  12. I just love the titles to your posts. They are so creative! The salad looks terrific too. I've never tried black-eyed peas. This salad looks like a great way to get started.

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  13. I haven't had this is years! Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. I first had Texas Caviar at my cousin's house, in Houston, but never had the recipe, until now! Looks divine! Thanks for sharing, cher!

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  15. Texas caviar sign me up, we love this recipe..it goes great with any meat or even fish..yum

    sweetlife

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