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Texas Caviar
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Total Time: 45 mins, plus marinating time

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Makes: 5 cups (8 to 10 servings)

With as many variations as salsa, Texas Caviar is a classic dip in the Lone Star State. To some, it’s not complete without a good dousing of bottled Italian dressing, but we forgo that and let the pickled jalapeños, roasted corn, and fresh dressing do the talking. Leftovers can be used to jazz up scrambled eggs or broiled fish.

Game plan: The dip can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated in a covered container.

This recipe was featured as part of our story on summer dips.


For the dressing:

  1. 1Combine vinegar, garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper in a large nonreactive bowl. While whisking constantly, slowly add oil in a thin stream until completely incorporated; set aside.

For the dip:

  1. 1Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place corn cobs on the oven rack and roast until knife tender and golden brown in spots, about 25 minutes. Remove to a cutting board until cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes, then slice kernels off the cobs.
  2. 2Add black-eyed peas, jalapeños, tomato, bell pepper, onion, and corn kernels to the bowl with the dressing and stir until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve:

  1. 1Stir in cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.
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