New Year’s Texas Caviar


Our New Year’s Dinner will be simple:  ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and Texas Caviar. My kids wouldn’t touch warmed black-eyed peas served in the traditional manner.  But when I pulled out the “caviar” they loved ’em!  Here’s my recipe and the secret ingredient.

New Year’s Texas Caviar

New Year’s Texas Caviar


  • 2 cans cooked black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 chopped ripe and sweet tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced thin (or favorite onion, chopped)
  • 2 bell peppers, any color, diced
  • 1 small can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 container of mango salsa (optional secret ingredient - yummy)
  • 1 seeded and chopped raw jalepeno
  • 1/2 cup of frozen non-gmo corn (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley)
  • Dressing:
  • Olive oil
  • vinegar
  • fresh lime juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • or add Zesty Italian dressing to taste


  • Make sure your beans are rinsed and drained.
  • Mix all ingredients above together except for dressing.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients separately and pour over mixed salad.
  • Optional instead of homemade dressing:
  • Make a shaker bottle of "packet" Italian dressing or
  • Purchase bottle zesty Italian dressing.
  • If using shaker dressing or bottled dressing, add JUICE of 1 to 2 limes to the salad to taste.
  • Mix the salad, dressing, and lime juice; refrigerate.
  • Great as a side dish or a dip with chips.


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