The New Year is a time for reflection. New beginnings, fresh starts and lots of good luck are always on our minds when the first of January rolls around. This is where ‘Texas Caviar’ comes in. Black-eyed-peas are said to bring prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day, so what better way to boost your luck than with this amazingly tart pea salad?

It’s a simple recipe to put together – it takes just minutes and you can prepare it hours ahead of time! Paired with tortilla chips or Fritos, this dish is classically Southern. It’s been a staple at our home since I was a little girl and it’s one that I plan to serve for many years ahead!


Texas Caviar
Source: Momma G

Yields: 6 to 8 servings

1 (15 oz) cans black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 c green bell pepper, chopped
1 md red onion, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1⁄4 c cilantro, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (8 oz) bottle fat-free Italian salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine the peas, tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, cilantro and garlic. Pour salad dressing over pea mixture and, with a spatula, stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.


And speaking of new beginnings? My (now) fiancé got down on one knee to propose a few days before Christmas! 2012 promises to be such an exciting year… and a super-busy one as well!

Wishing all the best to my Sigma Kappa sisters! Happy New Year (and eat your peas!)! :)


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7 Responses to Texas Caviar

  1. […] readers! This month on ‘Live Sigma Kappa’, I’m sharing Momma G’s recipe for ‘Texas Caviar’… a dish that’s always on our table at New Year’s. Not only do we get our lucky […]

  2. Courtney Hannah says:

    Congratulations on your engagement! I will for sure try this at my next potluck.

  3. Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

    Congratulations, Jessica! And a great, easy recipe to boot :)We had black eye peas on New Year’s Eve too- hopefully good luck is coming our way!

  4. Kate Fodera says:

    Congratulations on your engagement!! I wish you both wonderful years to come and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. It seems so easy, I actually think I can pull it off successfully 😉

  5. Caroline says:

    I love that this dish is so colorful.

  6. […] Did you remember to eat your lucky Black Eyed Peas?? […]

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