Texas Caviar

Happy New Year!Start off the new year by eating food that brings you good luck for the coming year!  Texas Caviar which contains black-eyed peas, considered by folk in the deep South as lucky to eat on New Year’s Day.  This dish was invented by the legendary Texas cook Helen Corbitt in Austin, back in 1940. Best made the night before so the flavors meld well together.  


Texas Caviar
A healthy and lucky salad to eat any time of the year, but especially on New Year's Day.
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  1. 11oz tub uncooked black-eyed peas, boiled as instructed on pack until tender
  2. 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  5. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  6. 1 Serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  7. 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  8. 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  9. salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Place the sliced red onion in the red wine vinegar to pickle for 15 minutes, and season with salt. This draws out the sharpness of the red onion. Then add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Serve on top of lettuce leaves.
Adapted from Helen Corbitt
Adapted from Helen Corbitt
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