Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Recipe: Mississippi Caviar

1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (.7 oz) package dry Italian dressing mix (such as Good Seasons)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine dressing mix, oil and vinegar. Pour over pea mixture. Stir well. Chill at least 2 hours. Makes about 8 cups.

Perfect with chips or as a side to chicken, beef or eggs.

That is the recipe exactly as it reads, but I like to add whatever peppers I find appetizing at the market, like a banana pepper or red pepper. I also use red onion, and 2 jalapenos instead of just one. Finally I really like cilantro so I add more, and I use the juice of 2 limes. I have always made this the day before so that the flavors are nicely melded together. 'So good and really healthy, too!

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