Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped onion and bell pepper.  I started there, and just kept adding things until I was satisfied with the results.

black eyed pea salad with onions and bell peppers goes great with a barbecueThe final bowl of “caviar” was cool and refreshing, but a little spicy.  Basically, it was really good.  If you don’t like heat, use less Louisiana hot sauce.  The best part about Texas Caviar is that it goes together quickly and makes a great side to serve at a barbecue.  It’s also good served with some tortilla chips or piled onto green salad.   The recipe makes about a quart.   I don’t want to be predictable, but I stored the salad in a quart sized mason jar until it was time to serve it.

I stored the texas caviar in a mason jar until time to serve it.Here’s your printable recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Has anyone else made Texas Caviar?   Do you do anything differently?  I’d love to hear from you.

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Texas Caviar
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 6-8
Black eyed peas are combined with chopped vegetables, prepared salad dressings, and some Louisiana hot sauce to make a delicious and refreshing salad that's sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • ¾ cup chopped cucumber (about 1 small)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped tomato (about 1 medium)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 dashes Louisiana hot sauce
  • ½ cup Zesty Italian salad dressing (or make your own)
  1. Prepare vegetables and place in a bowl
  2. Add black eyed peas, black pepper, Italian dressing, and Louisiana hot sauce to the bowl with the vegetables.
  3. Mix well and chill for two hours before serving.


7 thoughts on “Texas Caviar

  1. Your caviar recipe definitely reminds me of the way I ate peas when growing up in Texas. Actually, it makes me think of the Chow-Chow we served with all types of peas and some beans.

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