Texas Caviar

This recipe is not only delicious but healthy!  Who knew such a thing could exist?  It is vegetarian and vegan.  This dish was actually brought to my high school graduation party by a family friend of ours and once I tasted it I knew we needed the recipe.  It is so easy to make and has a lot of protein because of the black-eyed peas.  I hope this becomes a new staple at your parties or just in everyday life.

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Ingredients:

2- cans black-eyed peas ( rinsed and drained, total of 15 oz)

1-10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilis drained (rotel)

1 medium green pepper finely chopped

1 small red onion finely chopped

1/2 cup Light Italian dressing

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4- teaspoon pepper

1 medium ripe Avocado pitted and cut into cubes

 

Steps:

1.Combine the black-eyed peas, the tomatoes and chili’s, green pepper and red onion into your serving bowl.

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2.In a separate bowl combine the Italian dressing, lime juice, salt and pepper.

3.Pour the combined sauce over the the black-eyed peas mixture.

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4.Stir until everything is coated by the sauce.

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5.Let sit for about an hour to have the flavors meld.

6.Right before serving take the cubed avocado and add to the mixture.

7.Stir the avocado in gently.

8.Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure to rinse both of the black-eyed peas and the tomatoes and chili’s, you do not want the juices from the can because otherwise the sauce will taste off.
  • I did a couple of variations in the recipe as you see.  Instead of the red onion I chose to use leeks over onions.  This is because my family is sensitive to onions.  There is a difference between onion, leeks and shallots as Gurney’s shows it is not very much but flavor wise it can make or break a dish.
  • Also instead of using green bell pepper I used red.  This was more a flavor choice because my family and I like the flavor of red bell pepper instead of green.
  • There are actually diced tomatoes and green chili’s in a can that is called Ro-tel.  This is usually used for Queso dips but for my recipe it has a duel purpose.
  • For the Light Italian dressing we always chose to go with Paul Newman’s dressings because they are very good tasting, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and 100% of the profits made go to charity.

-Abbey

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