Texas Caviar: 6 Veggies in Every Bite!

  This fresh and flavorful Texas Caviar is delicious at parties, after-school snacks and even as a salad topper! With 6 veggies in every bite, it’s a winner for parents and for kids!

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Texas caviar is a salad of black-eyed peas or black beans tossed in vinaigrette-style dressing or lime juice and usually eaten with tortilla chips. It was created in Texas around 1940 by Helen Corbitt, a native New Yorker who later became director of food service for the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. She first served the dish on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Country Club.  She later served it at a hotel in Austin and the humorous comparison was made to it being like fancy ‘caviar’.  The name stuck and thousands of people still call it Texas Caviar.  There are a few other names for the same recipe: Cowboy Caviar, Mississippi Caviar and probably more!

Kids love to scoop up fresh Texas Caviar with blue corn chips, or homemade scoops, as a hearty after-school snack.

Texas Caviar

The Key To A Good Texas Caviar

This variation on the Lone Star State favorite involves a diverse variety of diced vegetables that come together to create a crunchy, sweet medley. The recipe is foolproof, but you’ll want to dice your veggies as uniformly as possible in order to create an easy-to-eat “caviar.” Start by washing all of your fresh vegetables.  Next prepare a large cutting board and grab your sharpest serrated knife. The serrated knife will help you obtain nice straight edges and petite square shapes when you dice the peppers and tomatoes.  Chopping your veggies small is perfect for kids.  The fresh squeezed lime juice is a key component of the delicious flavor.  Fresh lime adds a citrusy zest that makes this dip so irresistible!

Texas Caviar

Veggies Outside the Box

Why not expand your kiddo’s veggie palette, and go beyond raw carrots and steamed green beans. Texas Caviar is a perfect way to try several new vegetables at one time! Scoop it with blue corn chips, use it to top a burger, incorporate it into a salad, or add it to a burrito.  We love Texas Caviar because it is so versatile!

Texas Caviar

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar: 6 Veggies in Every Bite!
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 m


  • 15 ounce – black beans, canned
  • 15 ounce – corn, canned
  • 4 medium – plum tomato
  • 1 stalk – green onion
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, green
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 1/4 cup – Italian dressing, low fat
  • 1 medium – lime
  • 1/4 cup – cilantro
Serve With:
  • 4 ounce – tortilla chips


  1. Drain and rinse black beans and corn. Chop tomatoes, green onion, and bell peppers. Add to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the Italian dressing, the juice from the lime, and chopped cilantro; toss to coat.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, or chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 321 16%
  • Fat: 3 g 5%
  • Carb: 64 g 21%
  • Fiber: 14 g 56%
  • Protein: 14 g 28%
  • Sugar: 9 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Janet Knight says:

I add a can of black eyed peas drained. Great source of potassium. I use it as a salad topper. Delicious! Keeps in fridge very well.

Candace Rowley says:

I prefer the similar salsa with Italian dressing over this one.

Natalie Snowden says:

Yum! My husband and I love Texas Caviar, the kids not so much. However, I used some of the Texas Caviar as toppings for the Black Bean Pizzas and the kids loved it.

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