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Festive Cowboy Caviar
A healthy, wholesome and delicious salad that can double up as an appetizer. Packed with veggies, lemon, olive oil, garlic, fruits and nuts. Serve with crackers and make them a canapé.
For the last few weeks I have been seeing people eating caviar or making cowboy caviar salad. So I thought it only fitting to make a festive cowboy cave since ’tis the season. A cowboy caviar salad is basically a combination of corn, beans, jalapeños, peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, scallions, garlic, herbs and dressing. Now this is not set in stone as it can vary, I have seen recipes with black beans and others with kidney beans. I have seen recipes with cucumbers in it too. What makes my recipe a festive cowboy caviar is the addition of dried fruit, clementines and toasted walnuts. So lets get to it.
What ingredients do you need to make this Festive Cowboy Caviar?
We need a lot of veggies but this is completely up to you and you can substitute any vegetable or fruit you prefer. In my recipe I use, cucumbers, corn, chickpeas, mixed bell peppers, minced garlic, coriander, scallops, jalapeños, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, walnuts, clementines, dried fruit, oregano, paprika, pepper, salt lime juice, olive oil.
As for substitutes or additions I would add ingredients like avocado, red onions, black beans or kidney beans, parsley, dried cranberries and chestnuts. You can truly get creative and do what you like in this recipe. Season as you like but the paprika adds a little spice.
What equipment do you need to make this Festive Cowboy Caviar?
We need a chopped board and knife to prep all the ingredients. I use a large mixing bowl and spatula to make this recipe. Serve it in a nice bowl or on crackers on a serving tray.
How to make and serve this Festive Cowboy Caviar?
We start by prepping all our vegetables. Add them into a large mixing bowl and season well. We season the salad with lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and paprika. Once it is stirred around, serve it as it is or with some crackers and cheese to make it a complete appetizer for your parties or just to eat on its own in front of the tv.
How to store this Festive Cowboy Caviar?
I would recommend making this when ready to serve as the lettuce can get soggy. Or you can leave the lettuce out and make it ahead of time. Better yet, chop all the ingredients and set aside, when ready to serve, toss with the seasonings and serve. You can store this in an air tight container for a couple of days in the fridge. If you make it without the lettuce it will taste the same the next day.
Now that we have covered how to make this Festive Cowboy Caviar, you can have a look at the recipe video on my socials but let’s get to it. Don’t forget to follow along for more holiday baking recipe inspiration.
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Festive Cowboy Caviar
- Mixing bowl
- Chopping board
- 1/4 cup Cucumbers
- 1/4 cup Yellow & Red bell peppers
- 1/4 cup Capsicum
- 1/4 cup Corn (canned)
- 1/4 cup Chickpeas
- 1/4 cup Fresh coriander
- 1/4 cup Dried fruit (dates)
- 1/4 cup Clementines
- 1/4 cup Walnuts (toasted)
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup Scallions
- 1/3 cup Jalapeños
- 1/3 cup Canned tomatoes
- 1/3 cup Lettuce (shredded)
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Pepper powder
- 1 tsp Paprika powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Lime (juice)
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- We start by prepping all our vegetables. This can be done the day before serving if needed.
- Add all the prepared ingredients into a large mixing bowl. We season the salad with lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and paprika.
- Stir it well by mixing everything together. Serve it as it is or with some crackers and cheese to make it a complete appetizer.
- You can store this in an airtight container for 2 days. Ideally if you are storing it longer, leave out the lettuce since it will become soggy.
- You can use avocados, black beans and some shredded purple cabbage as well.