Southern Caviar: A Soulful Delight from the South

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The recipe for this episode is Southern Caviar. Chef Nancie’s southern take on a bean salad. For this recipe, we are using lots of fresh ingredients and fresh herbs!

Southern Caviar can be served as a dip, salad, vegetable side dish, or salsa. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for tailgating or a game-day party. A very delicious dish that you can eat with tortillas!

20 mins
Total Time
20 mins


Dip Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 15 ounces of canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped and drained, or a 15 oz can of drained and rinsed petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels or a 15 oz can of corn drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion finely diced
  • One medium red bell pepper finely diced
  • One medium green bell pepper finely diced
  • One medium yellow or orange bell pepper finely diced
  • Two jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, finely diced; if you like heat, include the seeds and ribs
  • ½ cup finely diced cilantro or parsley
  • One avocado seeded and chopped;* wait to add this until you are ready to serve

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste


  • Add all dip ingredients except the avocado to a large colander to drain. When the mixture drains, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add to the dip and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add the avocado, taste, and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Combine and serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Store this dish tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. Leftovers are delicious and even better the next day. Do not freeze.

For more on Chef Nancie, visit her site here.