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Louisiana Caviar- My Twist on the Texas Caviar Recipe (with WW points!)

Updated on November 29, 2012

Louisiana Caviar

There are DOZENS of ways to make what is normally known as "Texas Caviar", but everyone throws in their own little twists. I will provide you with my recipe along with the ingredients and tips for the dressing that I use. I also gathered from any recipe that I could find on the web to come up with additional vegetable and dressing ingredients options. My version, however, is definitely the one of the healthier ones out of the recipes I have come across.

This is also a recipe that I change every other time I make it depending on the ingredients that I have in the house at the time. What I mean by that is- you cannot mess it up. If there are certain veggies that you do not care for, take them out and substitute others that you do like. And do likewise if you are trying to use a bunch of vegetables that are about to spoil.

This is a great, light snack (if you do not sit down and eat the whole bowl, that is!) that you can eat by itself, as a party dip, as a seafood topper or even on chicken or beef. I hope that you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to comments with your own versions of this recipe.

A great way to store this is in any glass container that you have.  I am trying to stay away from all things plastic these days!
A great way to store this is in any glass container that you have. I am trying to stay away from all things plastic these days!
Pick any color- green works as well.
Pick any color- green works as well.
Any brand will work.
Any brand will work.
Make sure to dice and take the seeds out!
Make sure to dice and take the seeds out!
A little bit goes a LONG way.
A little bit goes a LONG way.

***TIP to an even healthier recipe- soak your own beans overnight and nix the canned vegetables. This will have lower sodium and calories than the canned versions.


***The WEIGHT WATCHERS points are 17.5 points for all of the canned vegetables plus 8 points for the 2 tbsp of olive oil. The rest of the ingredients are 0 points. If you eat this as a snack, one serving = 1/2 cup is 25.5/12 servings= 2.13 points per serving or 2 points.


Recipe for Caviar

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced finely with no seeds
  • 1 whole purple onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 can of black eyed peas, drained
  • 1 can of yellow hominy, drained
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Simply chop all of the vegetables, pour in the drained, canned vegetables and stir it up!

Recipe for Dressing:

  • 3-4 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Mix all of these ingredients together and add to the vegetable mixture. The consistency of the dressing will thicken when mixed with the juices in the canned vegetables.

Additional Vegetables:

As mentioned before, there are many, many different ways to make this recipe. In order to inspire your creativity in the kitchen, here are some vegetables that will be sure to add an extra punch of flavor to your caviar- no matter where you are from!

  • Roasted red bell pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Green bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • Parsley
  • Bacon (This was one I had not heard of adding before now)
  • Avocado

Additional Dressing Additions:

For the dressing, here are a few ingredients that you can play around with to make an even tastier (though more calorie filled) dressing for your caviar. Note that the 2 sauces mentioned will increase the salt content of the caviar- be cautious of how much salt and pepper you add if you will be using these. The same goes for any pre-made dressing you may use.

  • 1 tsp. Adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • t tsp. ground cumin
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Italian dressing

Enjoy the recipe!


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      Yoopermich. 3 years ago

      Now i had some from a deli and it tasted like it had a sweet vinegar taste to it like 3 bean salad has. It put this caviar on a taco shell with a little sour cream and a sprinkle of shredded Mexican taco cheese on it. No meat, just caviar mix. Should be healthy to eat and taste great.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      carol7777 Yes you can put pretty much anything in there. Normally when I make it, i kind of use the "make-em-eat-it" method as my grandfather used to say. Whatever I have at the time is what goes in it!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love these healthy and delicious recipes. This one really looks good. What is so cool about it is that you can add almost whatever you want.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thank you Rochelle! And it is adobo sauce, so I will be sure to make the change! I appreciate the catch. I have never used this, so I was not sure what it was. It was in several of the recipes that I saw and I must have just read what I wanted to! Thanks again- and it does keep very well in the fridge.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      This sounds good-- and not too hard to make. Sound like it would keep a few days in the refrigerator.

      Oh, and one recommendation was probably supposed to say "adobo" rather than adobe.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thanks, Eddy!!! It's great for parties, for a snack, as a side dish or a garnish for a meal. Enjoy!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great recipe which I vote up and bookmark.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thanks sis!! (btw every time I see you write best, sis it makes me miss my own!! :) ) Enjoy your time in the kitchen- it is one of my favorite places to be creative!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Sounds like a great recipe and as soon as I finish this I'm off to the kitchen to "make a mess!" Am enjoying both your recipes and your writing tremendously -- keep 'em coming! Voted Up. Best, Sis