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Texas Caviar and Watermelon Salsa

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Amidst the mounds of brisket, ribs, pork-laden beans, and other offending foods you’ll find at the typical Texas barbecue, there’s one dish that is actually vegan. Here’s my family’s recipe for the dish known as Texas Caviar:

Texas Caviar

1-1/2 cups chopped, seeded tomato
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 Tablespoon canned, chopped green chiles
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar or white vinegar
1 Tablespoon minced, seeded jalapeno or serrano chile pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped, fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can corn
1 can black beans, drained (or black-eyed peas for New Year’s good luck!)
Fresh cilantro for garnish


In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green onions, green chiles, vinegar, jalapeno or serrano chile pepper, chopped cilantro, olive oil, salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, and black beans. Top with cilantro. Along with pita chips, this makes a great appetizer to bring to parties. It also might taste great in a burrito with some mashed avocado.

Another summer-y family recipe:

Watermelon Salsa!


3 cups seedless watermelon, diced

¼ cup lime juice

¼ cup red onion, minced

Salt to taste

Optional: 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers


Stir all the ingredients together and chill.   It’s simple, but oh-so-good!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    I never thought I’d hear the words “Texas” and “caviar” together – nor did I ever expect to find out that “Texas Caviar” is vegan!! Sounds like a great recipe – nice and spicy, and quite colorful! :0)

  2. selina says:

    that looks very good. and sound very good as well.

  3. Paulina says:

    Texas Caviar? I’ve never heard of it before. It sounds delicious though :)

  4. Gaia says:

    That looks so fresh and colorful!
    I love that!

  5. Cakespy says:

    I’m with veggiegirl…”Texas Caviar” threw me for a loop…but it looks great. I love spicey recipes like this.

  6. Tavolini says:

    wow–that looks delicious!

  7. Ashasarala says:

    Spicey! Would it burn my tongue off?

  8. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Ah yes, I love Texas caviar! Thanks for posting your family’s version! I need to make some myself sometime soon….