Side dish/ Snack

Healthy Cowboy Caviar

This bean and veggie mixture is the perfect healthy, yet crowd-pleasing football food or side dish.

It’s officially football season, which means time for chili, wings, and, in my household, cowboy caviar. I’m a sucker for easy, sharable recipes that everyone can enjoy. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan (use agave instead of honey), and free of the major allergens, this cowboy caviar is a safe bet to bring to a party. I also love it as it assures you that there’s at least one healthy option to munch on while rooting for your favorite team.

Did I mention how simple this is to put together? Simply pour in 2 cans of beans (I like using chickpeas and black beans, but feel free to use whatever is in your pantry), 1 cup of corn (I use frozen as I always have a bag, but canned corn works too), and dice a few veggies. The dressing is a super simple Italian dressing using pantry staples, but if you’re in a serious pinch you can use bottled dressing (just be sure to look for one without all the extra sugar and salt).

While I typically make this as an appetizer, I recently discovered that it works great as a side dish as well – recipe coming at you on Wednesday ;). To get the optimal dip to chip ratio, I recommend using scooped tortilla chips! 

So here’s a toast to the official start of Fall, football season, and all the wonderful Fall clothes!

Healthy Cowboy Caviar

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cans beans (I recommend using two different kinds), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced,
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • Optional avocado
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

1

Combine beans, corn, diced tomato, diced cucumber, and diced jalapeno in a large mixing bowl (preferably one with a lid).

2

In a small bowl or mason jar, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, honey, and black pepper.

3

Pour prepared dressing over the bean mixture and stir. Cover and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes (can easily prepare this the night before).

4

If using avocado, add just before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Makes about 8 cups

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Ginger
    September 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This would be so perfect to serve at a party!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      September 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      It works great as party food!

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