I love high fiber, veggie-packed side dishes as accompaniments to burgers, grilled chicken, pork chops, or sandwiches. Tonight I’m making a dish I’ve heard called “Texas Caviar”, which has 2 kinds of beans, healthy olive oil, lots of veggies and cumin, an antioxidant-boosting spice. This dish comes together in about 10 minutes and is also a great pairing with salmon, glazed with barbeque sauce.
You can also use the leftovers from this on top of torn romaine lettuce with some grilled chicken strips and salsa, for an easy southwestern main dish salad. So versatile! Tonight, I’m pairing it with Bacon Turkey Cheeseburgers. It’s a filling, quick, inexpensive and healthy meal, which I’ll round out with some cut canteloupe, a nice wheat beer and maybe a frozen, chocolate-covered banana for dessert. Enjoy!
Note: If you’re studying my photo closely, you may be asking yourself what the little green beans are and where is the celery? I like to use what is in my refrigerator and adapt recipes to what I have on hand. Today, I was out of celery, so I skipped it. Also, I had about ¼ cup of edamame leftover from last night’s meal, and a few strips of green pepper in my drawer, so I tossed those in too. It’s all about making the recipe work for you and keeping your costs down, while boosting the flavors you really like!
Southwestern Corn and Bean Salad
For the salad:
1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
½ cup red pepper, chopped
¾ cup carrots, julienned
2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
½ cup cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 tsp hot sauce
½ tsp sugar
1 Tbsp lime zest
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
- Mix all dressing ingredients together and whisk to blend. Adapt salt, pepper and hot sauce amounts to your taste.
- For the salad, chop all vegetables and rinse and drain beans well. Toss together all ingredients except avocado and add dressing. Toss to coat.
- Place in refrigerator and allow flavors to meld for at least 10 minutes and up to 45 minutes.
Here’s a great Southwestern Turkey Burger recipe to accompany this dish.