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This is fresh, healthy and delicious. People love it, even kids. You can make it ahead, so it's great for a summer party. Serve it with scoop-shaped tortilla chips, or have it on the side as a relish. I add extra cilantro, because there can never be too much cilantro!

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Servings: 20


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  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Chill if making ahead.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 86g
Recipe makes 20 servings
Calories 176  
Calories from Fat 17 10%
Total Fat 1.93g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.35g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 744mg 21%
Total Carbs 31.36g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 25%
Sugars 2.24g 1%
Protein 9.94g 16%
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  • John Spottiswood
    This dish is healthy, fresh and delicious. Serve it with tortilla chips like a salsa, or serve it in small cups or bowls as a nice salad/appetizer for lunch or dinner.
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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      Nice alternative to salsa. The fresh ingredients make it really yummy and healthy too. I would make it with at least a half cup of cilantro...maybe more. But I love cilantro!
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      • Dean Grason
        THis dish was very addictive. I just need to walk away or I might have eaten it all. I might have added a little more avocado and use a generous portion of cilantro.
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        • Michele Grason
          I have a similar recipe that I like which also calls for a little cumin and chili powder and some chopped bell pepper. I also like to use fresh corn when it's in season that I cut off the cob. It doesn't even have to be cooked.
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          • Yvette Bedrosian
            A nice refreshing side salad for any type of barbecue. I like it with a lot of cilantro.
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            • Karen
              I love this dish. It is simple yet full of so many great flavors. It works well as a dip or as a taco/burrito filler. This should be a regular item in your weekly menus.
              • dp
                i love stuff like this great combo thanks
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                • Nadine Brown
                  Looking to make this salad (w/b-eyed peas) to take to Super Bowl party...where Saints will be victorious!
                  • Stacey Maupin Torres
                    Good recipe. Also known as Southern Caviar, made with blackeyed peas insted of black beans.
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                    • Kristi Rimkus
                      Yum! I could eat this by itself without chips
                      • kathy gori
                        I've made almost this same recipe for years, the only difference was the salad was then mixed with angel hair pasta as a salad.
                        • Aaron Corn
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                          • mildred sampson
                            i have made this two times, added corn chips simple love the lime juice is the secret for is a staple in my house
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                            • Aspen Lee-Moulden
                              This is really good and fresh. I make additional dressing and then add a few handfuls of arugula and make it a salad. It's awesome!
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                              • Danielle Slamka
                                I have made this recipe many times and every time I do, people beg for the recipe. It is SO good!
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                                • Phyllis Munro
                                  I made this to much on for the football came today. I did spice it up a bit with the addition of fresh jalapenos and about a tsp of cumin. I used the whole bunch of cilantro and added an extra avocado.
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                                  • ROSANNA
                                    This looks very good and easy. I am always looking for something new and different. Just my tastes, but would leave out the cilantro, and maybe add fresh parsley or mint.
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                                    • I'M NOT ALL THAT BIG ON BEANS
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                                      • EMMA ECCLES
                                        Really tasty and great with tortillas, chicked a side dish at your bbq. I added cumin and cayanne pepper as i like it hot! I also used black eyed beans and haricot instead of black/kidney? beans.
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                                        • Ms Janet Callear
                                          This is a healthy and very refreshing addition to any summer salad or on its own, and the kids love it
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                                          • We took this camping as a side dish. It was delicious and fresh after a long day of the flavors mixing in the cooler. The other campers were envious of our prize dish.
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                                            • Kathy Aguilar
                                              I love this!
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                                              • Tony Hall
                                                tried it, loved it.
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                                                • Camille
                                                  I added a jalapeno or two, and reduced the amount of salt. I agree with the reviews and would add an additional avocado or two. It is extremely difficult to stop eating this!
                                                  This is absolutely wonderful for the summer!
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                                                  • Julie M.
                                                    Love me some cowboy caviar! thanks for sharing!
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                                                    • Leslie King
                                                      I make this all the time, so funny to me that instead we call it "Mexican Caviar". The only real difference that I can tell it that my version has tobasco suace, and I use green onions and chives instead of red onions. It's definitely a hit.
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                                                      • Maher Hazine
                                                        This is very good. Use Fresh Corn when possible. for Tomatoes, do not use Steak tomatoes as they are too watery. Try Roma or better yet use grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half.
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                                                        • sue martin
                                                          This is reeeally good. My non adventurous friends even loved it, so fresh and healthy and the avocado is better chunked than the guacamole i used to love.
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                                                          • Judy
                                                            A great summer recipe, by its self or over rice or noodles even, great recipe
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                                                            • Carolyn
                                                              Love it! I make it again and again. I usually do use 2 avocados though.
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                                                              • Buena Comida with Janice Whitaker
                                                                A friend brought this recently to us as a salad and it was devoured.
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                                                                • Carmen B
                                                                  Love the idea and plan to try soon
                                                                  • Carmen B
                                                                    Love the idea and plan to try soon
                                                                    • Bon
                                                                      Incredible, especially the next day. Easy to make, goes great as a side dish or dip and believe it or not - on scrambled eggs! My brother topped his with sour cream and stir it up - creamy. Just make it and love it.
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                                                                      • Sheri Bender
                                                                        I really love this recipe. I used a more avocado and cilantro and added some chopped green onion along with a little red onion.
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                                                                        • juvy canilang
                                                                          same with greek salad...i will probably try this.
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                                                                          • Marlene Baird
                                                                            I love all of the ingredients in this recipe. It's healthy and clean. I would definitely make this.
                                                                            • ECK
                                                                              Made this on the weekend and it was great. Next time I will omit the avocado. Found it got mushy in the leftovers.
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                                                                              • Patte
                                                                                Really good! Cut the recipe In half, kept the full avocado, cilantro and dressing. Served it with Tostitos scoops. Success! A definite keeper.
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                                                                                • Oh wonderful i havent made this scense i was in wyo. in the late 70's.cant wait to make it.although i will use frsh white corn and fresh yellow corn.also will make the seasoning differt will be adding some mexican spices, tabasco, will do away with the oil.for less fat avacatos bring enough fat. and to make it spicy just taste a little more festive. mabey green onions like both so will see.:-)
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                                                                                  • Barbie Petty
                                                                                    Being a full-blooded Texan, I have known this as "Texas Caviar" and just love it. Thanks for the post - and I agree, there can never be such a thing as "too much cilantro" in this. :) The only change I would make is to say watch the salt, though this one doesn't have a ton of it. So much of the prepped or canned food already has salt in it.
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                                                                                    • jane Mathewson
                                                                                      I found this even better than traditional salsa, and I don't like beans at all. A great way to get them into your diet. Amazing flavour.
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                                                                                      • Redneck Mike
                                                                                        Texans love caviar
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                                                                                        • shiela seale
                                                                                          March 5, 2013
                                                                                          wow i love caviar i really like it.thanks for sharing.

                                                                                          • Alida
                                                                                            June 4, 2012
                                                                                            Wow! This dish is great!
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                                                                                            • Lynn Yamamoto Dalman
                                                                                              June 5, 2012
                                                                                              I'm so glad everyone's been enjoying this dish. It's always been a hit when I've served it, and like Bon's comment below, it's really versatile.
                                                                                            • Bon
                                                                                              December 19, 2011
                                                                                              Easy, quick, and wonderful! I made this dish on Friday evening to take to the church on Saturday for a choir party. Everyone raved about it and asked how to make it. The recipe is simple enough that I was able to recall it on the spot. Sunday morning topped my scrambled eggs with the mixture, and rolled up in a tortilla. What a great way to start the day. Monday morning I had just crumbs and small pieces of the dip chips. Using the old ' the crumbs of chocolate cookies are the best' rule (where you place the crumbs in a bowl and add milk), I dumbed the chips in a bowl, dished the salsa over it, added a dab of sour cream, and wah-la - you have the breakfast of champions! Making another big bowl tonight to have for the week. Thanks for the best snack recipe in a long time!
                                                                                              • February 27, 2011
                                                                                                Looks and sounds really good, would be great for a side dish.
                                                                                                • VIcki Nunn
                                                                                                  July 25, 2010
                                                                                                  Made this dish for a work dinner. D idnt have any left over. Everyone loved it.
                                                                                                  • Gourmet Mama
                                                                                                    July 13, 2010
                                                                                                    Yum! I make a similar dish but without the avocado.
                                                                                                    • Brett Ede
                                                                                                      July 12, 2010
                                                                                                      A nice refreshing side salad for any type of barbecue.
                                                                                                      • diana neal
                                                                                                        June 13, 2010
                                                                                                        Sounds really delicious and healthy except for the high sodium. I would adjust the salt for a healthier version of the same.
                                                                                                        • Koko's Kitchen
                                                                                                          January 11, 2010
                                                                                                          This looks lovely, quite similar to a salad a made for dinner last night!
                                                                                                          • quickmealhelp
                                                                                                            January 3, 2010
                                                                                                            Sounds like this is as delicious as it looks -- am planning to take this to a party to share with a crowd! Love the title -- thanks for sharing!
                                                                                                            • K2
                                                                                                              December 28, 2008
                                                                                                              The recipe that first appeared in Sunset Magazine in 1996 (and that I follow) calls for black-eye peas. It is a nice change from the black beans. also, you can't go wrong with just eyeballing this recipe with regards to avocado and tomatoes

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