This Texas caviar is packed with healthful beans and sweet roasted corn and peppers. It’s a perfect, refreshing summer appetizer! The recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.
For the past few days, I’ve been posting lunch bowls on Instagram that feature Texas Caviar. If you have no idea what that is, rest assured that I had no idea until quite recently, when I spotted a recipe online. Traditional Texas caviar is essentially a cold black-eyed pea salad, often featuring corn, chilis, peppers, onions, and/or celery. It can be served on its own, or as a dip. The moment I read about the recipe, I imagined stuffing romaine leaves with Texas caviar, or serving it in easy breakfast tostadas, or piling it atop a bowl of rice. And I was intrigued.
Today, I’m presenting you with my version of Texas caviar. The twist I put on it was to roast the corn and peppers before tossing it all together. I really enjoy raw corn, but some time ago I tried a roasted corn salsa, and it. changed. everything.
It’s hard to beat the sweetness of roasted corn, just as it’s hard to beat the sweetness of roasted red bell peppers. Not roasting either ingredient for this Texas caviar would certainly save you time, but I love the depth of flavor that this step adds.
This is the sort of recipe you can return to all summer long, using it as a dip, tossing it into your salads, topping grain bowls, sprinkling over tostadas, or using it to garnish any dish with refried beans. After the roasting bit, it’s super quick and easy to prepare, and it’s full of bold flavor. If you don’t happen to have fresh corn–it is early right now–you can use frozen and thawed sweet corn. Here’s the recipe.
I love the brightness and the color of this recipe. It’s worth making just to add vibrancy to your lunches! Hope you’ll enjoy it.
It’s appropriate that I have Texas caviar recipe up on the blog today, because tomorrow I’m headed to Austin for the third Vida Vegan conference. It’s a little bittersweet, as this is the last VVC, but I’m excited and fortunate to be able to experience it, see friends, and give a presentation. My topic is vegan avenues into the healthcare world; I’ll be sharing my perspective on different healthcare options, the education and steps associated with each of them, and tips on how to create a successful and responsible counseling practice. Along the way, I’ll be sampling tons of vegan products and sharing my adventures on Instagram, of course.
On Saturday, I’ll be back here with a new cookbook giveaway, and on Sunday, I’ll be back for weekend reading. Till soon!