Family Friendly Salads Snacks

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

An easy crowd-pleaser that takes only 15 minutes to make. This recipe is likely to become a favorite and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Try it with baked tortilla chips, in a warmed tortilla, or over greens or whole grains.

Makes 6-12 servings (lunch/ light meal vs. potluck or appetizer)


  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • ⅓ cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tomatillos, diced (optional but recommended)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated (with microplane) or finely minced
  • ⅓ cup cilantro finely chopped


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice fresh
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For serving, try any of the following

  • Tortilla chips for serving, baked chips preferred
  • Brown rice or other whole grain
  • Warmed tortillas
  • Over greens


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients, except avocado, in a large bowl. Toss well so that ingredients are well-combined.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well.
  4. This recipe can be refrigerated and tastes even better when the flavors have a chance to meld. Before serving, toss well and add the avocado, stirring gently to combine. Taste, adjusting flavors by adding additional lime juice, salt, pepper, or jalapenos to taste.