Black-Eyed Pea Corn and Avocado Salad or to the South “Cowboy Caviar”

If you’ve lived in the South at all, you might have heard of “cowboy caviar” a dish featuring a very Southern food, black-eyed peas.  But unlike many Southern food’s reputation of being heavy, buttery and fried, this dish is light and fresh and perfect for the Summer.  There are probably a few different variations of this salad, but I really like this one because it includes the bright flavors of lime, cilantro and avocado- flavors I can’t seem to get enough of right now.


1/2 of a 1 lb bag of dry black-eyed peas- sorted, rinsed, soaked overnight then cooked according to package directions (or you could use 1 can of already cooked black-eyed peas)

about 1 c of frozen corn, thawed

1 can of diced tomatoes, with liquid drained (or fresh tomatoes diced)

1/2 ripe avocado peeled, pit removed and diced (1 whole if you want more avocado)

1 red onion, diced

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and black pepper to taste

fresh cilantro, chopped and some for garnish

1 lime

Simply mix the black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion and some chopped cilantro in a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the olive oil over, squeeze the entire lime into the salad and then season again with salt and pepper to taste if necessary.  (I learned from watching Jamie Oliver that you always want your dressing to be a bit too acidic, meaning add just a little too much lime  because the flavors will mellow).

put it all in a big bowl

so colorful!

Garnish with more fresh cilantro and a wedge of lime. Dig right in with a fork or eat like a dip with your favorite tortilla chip. Chill in the fridge to let the flavors mingle. Enjoy!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Little Sis
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 02:51:49

    Looks awesome. I think I have some leftover grilled corn in the fridge…. bet that would make it extra yum.


  2. Melissa
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 22:08:05

    This looks so good Brittany, can’t wait to try it!



  3. Elizabeth
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 01:06:03

    That looks delicious! Thanks for posting it! My mom just picked up avacodas so I may just try this. 🙂


  4. Booksphotographsandartwork
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 22:00:36

    That sounds very good. I will have to give it a try. Thanks.


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