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Mississippi Caviar Recipe


My mother shared her family recipe for Southern-inspired “Mississippi Caviar” over the holidays. This bright, zesty dip is perfect for a party! I gave her original recipe a healthier update, by lowering the salt and oil, and pushing up the fresh flavors. Pair it with bean, lentil, sprouted grain, or tortilla chips for a wonderful crunch!

1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained

1 15-ounce can corn, drained

2 small plum tomatoes, diced

1 medium bell pepper (green, red, orange, or yellow), diced

3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small jalepeno pepper, finely diced

½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 small onion, diced

1 lemon, juiced and zested

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1. Mix together peas, beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, and onion in a medium bowl.

2. Whisk together lemon juice and zest, vinegar, olive oil, paprika, oregano, cumin and salt. Toss into vegetable mixture.

3. Chill until serving time.

Note: Excellent served with chips or as an accompaniment with veggie sausage, home-fried potatoes, baked potatoes, Latin dishes, or whole grain chips and crackers.

Makes: 12 servings (about ½ cup each) -

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