Texas Caviar

Fresh, zesty corn salad with beans, bell peppers and jalapenos – hello beautiful! Serve on the side of grilled meats and fish, or heaped on top of burgers and crostini! It’s our favorite summer side and makes a delicious dip with tortilla chips, too!

Texas Caviar – Serve this fresh, zesty corn salad with beans, bell peppers and jalapenos on the side of grilled meats and fish, or on top of burgers and crostini! | thecomfortofcooking.com

I’ve never been one for fancy things, but this is my kind of caviar! Colorful and zesty, with fresh bell peppers, corn, onions and jalapenos, it’s a real favorite with our Austin friends. This one is a bit more cowboy boots than couture, and that’s just the way we like it. We’re Texans, after all!

Anyone can enjoy this salad with a spiffy name, though… and they can enjoy it in a variety of ways! We love it served on the side of grilled meats and fish. You can also heap it on top of juicy burgers for a spicy Southwestern spin. Or, scoop it onto crostini for a pretty, easy appetizer.

Texas Caviar – Serve this fresh, zesty corn salad with beans, bell peppers and jalapenos on the side of grilled meats and fish, or on top of burgers and crostini! | thecomfortofcooking.com

However you dish up this delicious corn salad, you can’t go wrong! With summer’s beautiful bounty, now is the perfect time to toss together this fresh, vibrant salad with what’s in season. It’s a unique dish to bring to potluck parties, too. Just chuck a big spoon into the bowl and let everyone help themselves. Every scoopful is yummier than the last! We love it best with tortilla chips and frosty margaritas.

Serve a heaping bowl of this scrumptious, healthy salad alongside your next summer feast. I know you’ll love it. It’s fun to make and absolutely gaw-geous. I could just look at it all day… but I’d rather dig in!

Texas Caviar – Serve this fresh, zesty corn salad with beans, bell peppers and jalapenos on the side of grilled meats and fish, or on top of burgers and crostini! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Yield: 8 to 12


  • 2 15 oz. cans black eyed peas, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained
  • 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, or up to 24 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, on top of burgers/sandwiches or crostini, or on the side of your favorite grilled meats and fish.
  2. Enjoy!

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  1. Mmm this looks great! The perfect salads for barbecues :D I also love the name of it, clever ;) x

  2. I love Texas Caviar! Someone made it for a baby shower recently and it was so good – I’ve been meaning to make it this summer so thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. LOVE Texas caviar! Pretty colors and oh so delicious!

  4. I adore beans – and would love this colorful and zesty salad with fresh bell peppers, corn, onions and jalapenos AND beans way more than caviar -anyday!

  5. So many pretty colors, texture and delicious flavors going on here. This looks like the perfect snack with some chips!

  6. I make this kind of salad often. I love the freshness, the juiciness and the crunchiness of all these ingredients.

  7. I love black-eyed peas. Never had them before we moved to Texas in the 80s, and quickly became a fanatic. Great recipe — thanks.

  8. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness YES! This looks like my kind of dish! Love the look and sound of this super simple, yet flavorful dish.

  9. I could eat this stuff with a spoon. The smoky flavor of the canned, seasoned, black-eyed peas is so addictive!

  10. Looks delicious, and I love that it has so many uses – I can see making a big pot of this and eating on it all week!

  11. This is so my kind of caviar! Looks amazing! And with fresh corn – I’d be all over this if it was in front of me!

  12. I could eat my weight in this, so perfect for when it’s too hot to cook!

  13. I don’t care what you call it, that looks outstanding!

  14. I desperately want to spoon this on top of my next burger. This caviar is the perfect way to utilize my garden harvest. Yum!

  15. Love this! I could just eat this with a spoon!

  16. As someone who just can’t get on the actual caviar train, this is totally my kind of caviar too! :)

  17. 5 stars
    Perfect summer side! I need to bring this to our next bbq!

  18. 5 stars
    my grandma has lately been making this all the time! love it!!

  19. Now this is a caviar that I can get behind… I would dive into this bowl. :)

  20. I’d never go for the real caviar over this — I’ll take a big bowl full of freshness over fancy any day! This looks delicious, Georgia! :)

  21. 5 stars
    Made this on a Cape Cod vacation for guests with good yellow corn chips – great recipe, enjoyed by adults and kids!!

  22. 5 stars
    AWESOME! will make again and again. Wonderful summer side or as an appetizer. Thanks.

  23. 5 stars
    There are many ways to make Texas Caviar. I dare say none could beat this recipe for fresh delicious flavor, healthy ingredients, great crunch, and beautiful color. As soon as the bowl is empty, I make more. Wonderful creation!

  24. Familyfuneats says:

    5 stars
    Other recipes that are similar have fallen flat in flavor. This was the perfect blend of light dressing mixed with great crunch! A family and party pleaser!! My only go-to from now on!!

  25. Tameka Rand says:

    5 stars
    That Was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! A Definite Do Over!! Thank You!!

  26. Jayashree says:

    5 stars

  27. You referred to this as a corn salad, but it actually started out with black-eyed peas in a vinaigrette and diced peppers, corn and other ingredients were later added to the recipe. The main ingredient is still black-eyed peas, not corn. Although I have had a delicious corn salad similar to this without black-eyed peas and beans.

  28. This salad is absolute perfection and incredibly addicting!! The crunch of the veggies and the softness of the beans, oh my! All of the flavors meld together in exquisite harmony. I ate my first serving alongside a sliced avocado. The one thing that I did that wasn’t mentioned was that I soaked the red onion in ice water to take the bite out. Other than that, I wouldn’t dare change anything about this recipe because it cannot get any better than this!

  29. Jaime Cavazos says:

    Great recipe! Thank you! I added avocado, diced mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and more bean varieties to mine. Perfect snack for a pool party. The red wine vinegar was a great suggestion. I had used apple cider in the past, but I like it better this way.

  30. This is so delicious! I have made this three times now exactly as written. I usually eat it with tortilla chips. I might try it with some scrambled eggs. Thank you for the recipe!

  31. Hi Georgia, Texas caviar is one of my favorites, and I’m looking forward to trying your version! I’m making a bunch of dips and such for the Super Bowl, so I’m adding this to the list. It’ll be a welcome change from the cheesy, heavier stuff!

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