Texas Caviar

The big game is tomorrow, and in our house, we are rooting for the Patriots!  We’ve got a tail-gate worthy spread with wings, pretzels, homemade mac & cheese, and sliders, to name a few.  But, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without an addictive dip, and this Texas caviar is IT!  You’ll find lots of versions of this salsa-like dip out there, but in my opinion, this one tops them all.  I use rice vinegar instead of the traditional red wine or apple cider vinegar, and it gives the dip a unique flavor.  

It’s easy to make, serves a crowd, and gets better the longer you let it sit in the fridge.  So, while you can serve this right away, it’s best to make it a day in advance (and who doesn’t love a make-ahead dish when you’ve got guests coming over?!).  This recipe requires a lot of chopping, so make sure you’re using a good-quality, sharp knife like this Wusthof classic pairing knife

Texas Caviar
Serves 8
A sweet & savory crunchy vegetable salsa that goes perfectly with tortilla chip scoops
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 8 oz frozen yellow corn
  2. 4 scallions, sliced thinly
  3. 1 medium red bell pepper, small dice
  4. 1 medium orange bell pepper, small dice
  5. 1/2 white onion, small dice
  6. 1 15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  7. 1 15 oz can black eyed peas, drained & rinsed
  8. 6 medium stalks celery, small dice
  9. 3/4 cup white sugar
  10. 3/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar (no salt or no sugar added)
  11. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  12. Kosher salt, to taste
  1. Start by making the vinaigrette: mix sugar, rice vinegar, and olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Bring to boil to dissolve sugar, then turn off the heat & let cool
  2. Mix corn, scallions, peppers, onion, beans, peas, and celery in a large bowl.
  3. Once vinegar mixture has cooled completely, pour into bowl with veggies.
  4. Season with salt to taste.
  5. You can serve immediately with tortilla chip scoops, or refrigerate overnight to let all the flavors develop & you won't be sorry!
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