Cowboy Caviar
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Cowboy Caviar & A Country Christmas Party

Cowboy Caviar

Whipped up a batch of Cowboy Caviar in honor of tonight’s Country Christmas themed Annual Company Party.  I can not wait.  While we work (and play) hard all throughout the year, the Christmas Party is a chance to spend an evening with my second family and their spouses.  And inevitably make memories that will last us until next year’s party :)  Did I mention, I can not wait!

Cowboy Caviar

Looking for an easy appetizer to bring to a holiday party….Cowboy Caviar might just be the answer.  What makes this an easy no fuss recipe is you can substitute any ingredient with what you have on hand.  Just use a nice combination of crunches and colors.  We had a can of black eyed peas in the pantry, but kidney or black beans would be great too.  I used a zucchini for my ‘green’ but avocado is wonderful in this dip as well.  I’m a black olive freak so I added some of those, along with corn, jalapeno, red onion, radish, pimento, garlic, scallion, cilantro and tossed it all in a cumin lime dressing.  Serve with tortilla chips and look how cute it is delivered in a mason jar!!

Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

Libby with Lemony Thyme
What makes this an easy no fuss recipe is you can substitute any ingredient with what you have on hand. Just use a nice variety of crunches and colors.
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer


For the dip…

  • 1 can black eyed peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 jalapeno fine diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed (or canned)
  • 2 oz. diced pimento
  • 12-15 black olives sliced
  • 1 scallion thin sliced
  • 2-3 radishes fine diced

For the dressing

  • 3 Tbl. olive oil
  • 1 Tbl. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


For the dressing…

  • Combine dressing ingredients and chill while making the dip.

For the dip…

  • Combine all ingredients then gently toss in dressing. Chill before serving. Serve with corn tortilla chips.


  • Canadianbudgetbinder

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this on my Facebook page today. I just had to come and read the recipe and I’m glad I did. This has my name written all over it and I love the dressing. We use so many limes in our house we went and bought a lime tree. (Well the wife wanted it) I know we might not get fruits for a while but we’ve bought our stock, let’s just hope she can hang on to it. Cheers! Mr.CBB

    • libby

      Thanks so much Mr.CBB. A lime tree…WOW. Now that would come in handy. I was going for a lighter dressing to keep this recipe ‘friendly’ on the waste line. It’s got plenty of flavor and the cumin and lime really play nice together. Hope you enjoy it. Libby

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