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Cowboy Caviar – a colorful blend of beans and fresh vegetables, made in 15 min. Some people call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa or Southwestern bean dip.

cowboy caviar

This salad is a perfect side dish for grilled meat, chicken or fish. It’s easy to make, and there is no cooking required which is a bonus during the hot summer days. I sometimes make it for the 4th of July and everyone raves about it. It’s light, healthy, low in saturated fats and so refreshing!

texas caviar

It’s made with 3 varieties of beans for added protein and fiber, a pile of fresh veggies and topped with a delicious lime dressing. So light and fresh. I served it alongside some grilled chicken and we really enjoyed it. This Texas caviar is a great summer salad, and it makes enough to feed a crowd.

Cowboy Caviar recipe

For salad lovers, this Cowboy Caviar recipe is a dream come true. There is the creaminess of the corn and avocado, the crunchy bell peppers, and the soft beans. And the lime dressing is so good! You won’t stop eating it.

How To Make Cowboy Caviar

This is one of the easiest dishes you can make for a potluck – just toss the beans, peppers, corn, tomato, onion, and avocado in a large salad bowl, and pour the dressing on top. Add some cilantro or scallions on top.

Along with my Broccoli Salad, this is another favorite dish that I like to bring to a potluck or family get-together. I always get compliments on how delicious they are.

Quick Tips for Best Cowboy Caviar Recipe – Southwest Beans and Corn Salad

  • Use Roma tomatoes since they are not as watery as other tomatoes. If you use other tomatoes, the salad might be too water after it sits for a while.
  • Add the avocado slices just before serving and stir it in gently to prevent it from turning mushy.
  • Let the salad sit for about 1 hour before serving to allow for the flavors to meld.
cowboy caviar

Can You Use Italian Dressing in Cowboy Caviar

Yes, you can use store-bought Italian dressing instead of the homemade dressing in this Texas caviar recipe.

Can I Use Other Beans for This Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Yes, you can use different beans. You can also use 2 types of beans instead of 3. Either way, it turns out delicious!

texas caviar recipe

How To Serve This Salad

I love making this colorful salad – it’s perfect for your next summer party, a family get-together or a potluck. Cowboy Caviar is a mix between a salad, a salsa,  a side dish, and a dip if served with chips. It is also great as a taco topping or served with grilled meat and fresh gluten-free tortillas.

cowboy caviar recipe

Can You Make Texas Caviar Ahead of Time

Yes, you can make it a couple of days before you plan to serve it. Chop and add the avocado and tomatoes just before serving. Also, whisk and store the dressing in the refrigerator separately and pour over the salad before serving.

Everything else (the peppers, corn, and beans) can be mixed together and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

texas caviar recipe

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar – a colorful blend of beans and fresh vegetables, made in 15 min. Some people call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa or Southwestern bean dip.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
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Cowboy Caviar Salad



  • In a large bowl, mix the bell peppers, onion, corn, beans, and black-eyed peas, chopped tomatoes. Add the sliced avocadoes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, lime juice, chili powder, oregano, salt, and freshly ground black pepper until well combined. Pour dressing over the salad and stir until well combined.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate to blend flavors.



Serving: 191g | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 72.3g | Protein: 23.4g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.1g | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 6.3g
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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