It was “love at the first glance” when I spotted “cowboy caviar” on the web some months ago. So experimenting with a clean eating cowboy caviar version was on my to do list for quite a while. Now with New Year’s eve around the corner, the timing could not be better for posting this healthy recipe full of fiber and protein.
Why one essential ingredient is missing
If you are living in the Midwest or South of USA then you might know this colorful bean salad crossed with veggies and salsa. And as true expert you can see immediately on the photo above or below that an essential ingredient is missing. I’m fully aware that authentic cowboy caviar that is also called Texas caviar, is based on black eyed peas.
But hey, living overseas here in Germany means, that you have to use the beans you can get. So I tried a combination of black and Pinto beans for this filling salad. Kidney beans would work probably too. Anyway if you have access to black eyed peas, I highly recommend to include them in your legume salad.
Clean eating cowbow caviar – the happiness salad
Not only will you have a more authentic recipe, what is more…
Only recently I learned that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s day is supposed to bring luck, wealth and happiness for the new year. The peas signify coins. And tell me, who doesn’t want to be happy?
So if you are planning to serve a clean eating cowboy caviar on your New Year’s eve buffet, then using black-eyed peas is a must. This belief is especially popular in the south, and has probably to do with your history, right? But you’ll find explanations for this tradition on Wikipedia, dating back as far as ancient Egypt.
Don’t panic, I won’t bore you with history. What I do know for sure is that this clean eating cowboy caviar is a “must have recipe” for any clean eater and whole food enthusiast.
Even if you don’t believe in the “myth around black eyed peas” one thing is evidence based: Eating lot’s of fruits and vegetables boosts happiness (1) (2) (3) . Gladly the cowboy caviar is full of veggies:)
So let’s jump right into the easy “vegan by nature” caviar recipe recipe.
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas or Pinto beans (drained*)
- 1 (15 oz.) can black beans (drained*)
- 1 (11 oz.) can sweet corn (drained*)
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1 cup Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or more, if you like)
- In a large bowl blend together the red wine vinegar, the olive oil, chili powder and salt.
- Add black-eyed peas, beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers and red onion.
- Stir to combine.
- Chill in the fridge tor at least 1 hour to marinate, better over night.
- Toss with fresh cilatro to serve.
- Vary ingredients according to your own taste and color preference.
- *Don't throw away "bean water". Read instead below what you can do with it.
Convenient party salad you can bring with you
This is by the way also a great salad you can prepare in advance (e.g. the day before) and bring it with you to a party. In summer time it is a highlight on each barbecue.
Ok, maybe one little warning. In contrast to many other clean recipes on leanjumpstart.com this one is a bit time consuming – but you won’t regret the invested time in your kitchen, promised. Make sure to turn on some inspirational music;)
Believe me, if I can do this, you can too! You know I’m not very patient when it comes to cutting veggies into regular tiny pieces. Usually I’d let my food processor do the job.
But this clean eating cowboy caviar looks only attractive (we eat with our eyes), if you cut most of the ingredients to the same size.
I know that cutting ball pepper to small cubes can be a challenge, but I have a smart tip for you.
How to easily dice peppers into small cubes (Video)
Cut of the rounded bottom and top ends and save it for raw food snacking. But before I go further into detail… watch this short video from yummly, this is how I learned it.
What to do with the drained “bean water”?
Did you know that you can use bean and chickpea water (aquafaba) as great egg white replacement for many recipes. For recipe ideas, check out my easy chocolate mousse!