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Monday, April 4, 2011

Cowboy Caviar

This is a family favorite.   Plus, it is a great tasting way to incorporate fiber and protein.

1 bunch Cilantro
1 bunch Green Onion
1 can Black Eyed Peas
1 can Black Beans
1 can Corn
4 Tomatoes On the Vine
1 pkg Italian Salad dressing
1 bag Fritos

1. Mix Italian dressing package according to directions on the packet. 
2. Rinse beans and corn with water, using a strainer.  Place in a large bowl.
3. Slice tomatoes into small chunks.  Cut up cilantro (about 1/4 of bunch) and slice green onions (a few stems).
4.  Pour dressing over salad and mix well.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can change it up and it still tastes great.  I have used kidney beans instead of black beans.  Some people prefer more cilantro and/or green onion added, which is fine.  I have used bottled Italian dressing instead of the package.  Although I wouldn't recommend doing it this way, unless you are familiar with this recipe.  Approx. 1/4 of the bottle. 
Also, you may serve it with whatever style chip you prefer.  However, my family prefers Frito scoops.