Texas Caviar with Avocados

Texas caviar - black eyed peas with avocado and grapefruit
Vegetarian Texas caviar with avocado!.
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Texas caviar with avocado - California style, if you will! Texas caviar is a classic appetizer or salad made from black eyed peas in a simple and spicy dressing. This vegetarian version kicks it up a notch by including avocado and fresh grapefruit - yum! And, with just a little bit of oil in the dressing, it's a dish which is surprisingly low in fat, while providing a nice fiber and protein boost from those black eyed peas - perfect for vegetarians and vegans (and everyone, really, since we all need great sources of low-fat protein!). 

Enjoy this simple classic summer side dish with black-eyed peas and California avocados. Put it out with some warmed tortilla chips (or, make your own chips from flour tortillas - it's easier than you might think!) for a casual summertime appetizer, or, use your Texas caviar as a simple side dish. 

With nothing more than the basic Texas caviar ingredients, including hot sauce, garlic, black eyed peas and fresh cilantro along with grapefruit and avocado, this easy recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Omit the grapefruit and eat it without tortilla chips, and it would be suitable for the Slow Carb Diet

Recipe and photo courtesy of Texas Sweet Citrus

What You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salad oil (any kind, use a neutral-flavored oil such as canola or safflower oil)
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper (fresh ground)
  • 14 ounce can black-eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
  • 14 ounce can corn kernels (drained)
  • 2/3 cup green onions (sliced)
  • 2/3 cup cilantro (chopped fresh)
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit (chopped fresh)
  • 1 avocado (ripe, cubed)
  • Tortilla chips for serving

How to Make It

  1. First, prepare the dressing. Whisk together the grapefruit juice, salad oil, hot sauce, minced garlic and black pepper. 
  2. You can whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl, or, I like to put everything in a mason jar and shake it up to incorporate. 
  3. In a large bowl, gently combine all of the salad ingredients: the black eyed peas, corn kernels. green onions, chopped cilantro, chopped grapefruit and avocado.
  1. Pour the dressing over the black eyed pea mixture, and gently toss everything together to lightly coat all the ingredients.
  2. You can serve your Texas caviar just as it is as a side dish or side salad, or, serve your Texas caviar with tortilla chips for dipping.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 424
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 68 mg
Carbohydrates 74 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Protein 13 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)