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.
- 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.