Texas Caviar

This is the time of year that I am out on my deck enjoying the scents of spring flowers and perfect weather every chance I can get. There’s just something about the weather warming up that makes me want to eat bright, refreshing food like my Texas Caviar. I call it a salsa but you could also consider it a dip or even salad. It’s full of healthy fresh produce like bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. What makes it Texan? The black-eyed peas of course! If you’ve never had them, they are sweet and have such a unique flavor. I grew up eating them in lots of different ways and this is one of my favorites! We have to have a yummy dressing so a simple Mexican flavored vinaigrette tops this Texas Caviar off perfectly.

It’s seriously so so good! I could make a meal out of just this and some tortilla chips. In fact, I have! My kids aren’t fans but I am ok with that. More for me! It will last for days in the fridge and I’m still enjoying it after four days.

I made my Texas Caviar for a TV segment on Good Things Utah. I am grateful that I still get to do my monthly segments even though we are staying home and social distancing. I am having fun filming them on my own but definitely can’t wait to be back in the studio for live segments! Watch me make it here.

Texas Caviar

  • Servings: Serves 10+
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Ingredients

2 cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn (or 1 can drained)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced small
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Directions

Add black-eyed peas, corn, peppers, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic to a medium sized bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients. Pour over salsa. Stir to combine well. Cover and let marinate in fridge for two hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips, over grilled chicken or fish, or as a side salad.

Notes:
1. Add diced avocado for a yummy addition if you plan on eating it quickly!

Peach Salsa

I just realized as I was writing this recipe down that last week’s recipe also had cilantro in it! I know there are cilantro haters out there (why???) but in my house, we LOVE it. It is always in my fridge because we use it several times a week. I should start a blog category labeled “cilantro” so all my fellow cilantro lovers can find those recipes easily! Ha!

I am in love with this Peach Salsa! If you don’t know about Utah peaches, let me tell you, they are the BEST! We have a peach tree in my yard but, just like our cherry tree, it got a chemical burn last year. It didn’t produce any fruit this year and we were so sad! When I saw that Lee’s Marketplace had fresh, LOCAL peaches on sale this week, my brain started spinning with ideas. I wanted to make something savory instead of sweet. You know my mind is always on Mexican food so this salsa was created!

My family was skeptical but they all went crazy over it! My kids are not fans of salmon so they had their salsa on top of chicken breasts and devoured it. The peaches are so sweet and perfect but are balanced with the spice of the jalapenos and the tart lime juice. The Tajin seasoning is a must in this! If you’ve never had it, Tajin is a chili-lime seasoning that can be found in the Latin section of any grocery store. Have you ever had it on a mango? Game changer! (Sponsored post for Lee’s Marketplace)

Items on sale at Lee’s July 25-29: peaches, tomatoes, limes, bell peppers

Peach Salsa

  • Servings: 8+
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

3 large peaches, diced
¾ lb tomatoes, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
½ cup red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste

Directions

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine. Taste and add more Tajin or salt if desired.
Serve on top of cooked chicken or fish. It is also delicious with tortilla chips!