Friday, June 18, 2010

Recipe: Cowboy Caviar (Bean Salad)

Packed full of nutricious beans, peppers, tomatoe, celery and red onion this salad is delicious.  I'm glad it's called Cowboy Caviar because I don't think my kids would eat it if it was called bean salad.  My husband brought home this recipe from a lady at his work who brought some in to share.

A gift for a friend.  Isn't it pretty in the jar?

This salad takes a little time to make as there's alot of chopping, but it lasts 2 weeks in the fridge.  Perfect for a pot luck, camping, to pack in a cooler, lunches for the week, or to give as a gift to a neighbour.  Yes, you don't always have to give baked goods as gifts.  This recipe makes a huge batch.

I served this with homemade turkey burgers and buns and I'll post those recipes next week.  Let me tell you, they were awsome!  You can also serve this on tortilla chips, pita bread, flat bread crackers or simply with a spoon like we did.


Boil the oil, vinegar and sugar, and let cool
1 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

Dice and place in large bowl
4 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
3-4 roma tomatoes, diced

Drain, rinse and place in a large bowl with diced vegetables
1 can (15 oz) shoped or white corn
1 can (15 oz) pinto beans
1 can (15 oz) black eyed peas
1 can (15 oz) black beans
1 can (15 oz) chick peas

Salt and ground black pepper to taste.

After oil, vinegar and sugar mixture has cooled, mix it together with the diced vegetables and beans.  Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  This gets better by the day, if you can keep it that long.

Printable Recipe


1952, Harper and Row


  1. I also liked this salad featured at "Gonna want seconds" yesterday. Great idea to put it in a jar. Looks very pretty.

  2. I'm all about changing the name to suit the kids!! I've done that! It looks awesome, anything with beans gets my vote!

  3. I would call it anything if that what it took for kids to eat it too! The salad looks so festive, any potluck would love to have it on the table!

  4. The book is so adorable. And the salad will definately make an appearance in my house as soon as I get all the ingredients in! Protein power!

  5. What a beautiful salad, both in and out of the jar!

    I have to ask, where do you get all your childrens books? I love that you put them in your posts. It's one of my favorite parts of your blogs.

    Thanks so much for the kind words today. I feel the same way about you and your blog! Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for the kind comments ladies :)

    Some of the books I post come from my collection which I picked-up at our local thrift shop or library sales.

    Others, like the one above, come from our local library. Our Librarian is under alot of pressure to replace these old books with new ones, but she recognizes how special they are.

  7. Looks delicious! I wish there were more books like that around, my daughter is all about asking why, what, how questions about things that are so simple its hard for me to think of a definition!

  8. You have such beautiful recipes and pictures on your blog! Thanks for sharing them.

    Being a fan of children's literature, I especially love the book excerpts and illustrations you've included. Maurice Sendak is a favorite of mine, but I wasn't familiar with this book - quite charming!

  9. Thank you Eloise :) This is one of my favourite finds for a vintage children's book. It's from our local library (dated 1952!) and I'll be posting more pictures from it next week as there's so many sweet ones. Thanks again.


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