Sunday, 24 January 2021

Salad days


When the weather is hot, as it is now, I don't like to heat up the house by using the oven so we usually have salads. 39°C/102.2°F and 42°C/107.6°F  are the temperatures we are enduring this weekend. One salad that has been on high rotation is Texas Caviar, I saw it mentioned on a friend's Facebook page, thought the name was intriguing and asked what was in it, he told me and said it was a type of salsa, so I've attempted my own version.

Kinda Texas Caviar 

Makes about 4 serves


2 cloves garlic                                 Juice and zest of 1 lime (if not very juicy use two limes)

½ tsp ground cumin                        60ml olive oil

½ tsp brown sugar                           Coriander (cilantro) leaves and stems, half a bunch (I like a lot)

Use a stick blender or food processor to combine the dressing ingredients. Taste to see if you need to add more sugar or lime juice or maybe a bit of salt.


1 ½ cups cooked black eyed beans (1 x 400g can, rinsed and drained)

1 ½ cups cooked black beans (1 x 400g can, rinsed and drained)

1 ½ cups sweet corn (1 x 400g can, rinsed and drained) you could probably use frozen and thawed corn

½ red pepper (capsicum)  finely diced

½ green pepper (capsicum) finely diced

½ red onion, finely diced

2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (or 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced)

1 or 2 ripe avocados, diced

1/3 cup coriander (cilantro) finely chopped, you could use parsley

1 green chilli, finely diced (take inner membranes and seeds out if you don’t like it hot)

Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl, mix to combine, pour dressing over, stir through.

Usually served with corn chips, or we like it piled into gem lettuce leaves.

Some notes:

  • I have been cooking the beans myself as it is cheaper, I cook up a fairly large quantity and freeze  the amount required for the recipe.
  • I haven't tried it yet but I think that char grilled fresh corn would be good instead of the canned corn.
  • I prefer diced Roma tomatoes instead of the cherry tomatoes, in the photos I've used both. 
  • We sometimes have grilled, sliced chicken thigh or breast on top to make a more substantial meal.
  • I've also used the dressing as a marinade for chicken breast and as a dip for samosas.  
  • This will still be nice the following day, I will usually put the avocado on separately so it stays nice and fresh.



Murphy doesn't miss out either, he enjoys having a carrot, they are good for his teeth (especially when he is teething) and they don't get smelly or attract flies like a bone would, especially in the hot weather.



  1. Looks and sounds delicious - one I think we would enjoy here. Thank goodness temperatures are not as hot here,
    yours sound like a nightmare to me. So, Murphy is semi-vegetarian!

  2. Good choice there! If you would like to cool off I would gladly send you some from chilly Oregon, USA!

    1. @QuiltGranma LOL, sometimes I wish we lived in a cooler area, but we can't really complain as our weather is mostly nice year round.

  3. The salad looks lovely, but oh my, Murphy is adorable!
    Hugs, Taz :-)


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