This bean and veggie mixture is the perfect healthy, crunchy, crowd-pleasing football food or side dish.
Note: this post was originally posted September of 2017. Some of the text has been updated but the recipe remains the same 🙂
It’s time for another Recipe Redux Challenge!:
“Whether headed to the beach, or headed back to school, or ready for football – we’re craving crunchy snacks. Show us your favorite healthy snack recipe with crackle and crunch.”
This is the first time I’m re-posting a recipe, and I’m a little nervous to do so. I feel bad not offering up a new recipe, but when I saw this month’s Recipe Redux Challenge, this recipe kept coming to mind as it’s the perfect healthy snack option when you’re craving something crunchy.
It’s also the start 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, and this is hands-down my go-to recipe anytime I have people over. 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 (check out this chicken recipe!). To get the optimal dip to chip ratio, I recommend using scooped tortilla chips!
This recipe is funny timing as my mom just made it this weekend when my brother, sister-in-law and nephew were out visiting. I don’t know what it is about mom’s, but I swear her recipe tasted even better than when I make it – yet she claims she just followed this recipe. . .In addition to having the mom-touch, her cowboy caviar featured fresh, in-season tomatoes that were just so juicy and full of flavor. And now that sweet corn is also in season, I’m thinking this would be the perfect dish to make with your farmer’s market finds!
So here’s a toast to getting your crunch on!
Check out other healthy, crunchy snack ideas from my fellow Recipe Redux Bloggers:
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This does look like a crowd pleaser! Perfect for game time.
Thanks Patrick! Hopefully it’s also good luck for this football season 😉
Love how you added the cucumber for some crunch! It’s such a versatile veggie
Thanks Kelly! I agree. I always hated cucumber as a kid because it doesn’t have a lot of flavor on it’s own, but ever since getting more into cooking I love how many ways you can incorporate it into dishes!
I love the colors in this dish! So appealing for guests!
Thanks Katie! It’s definitely an eye-catching appetizer.
This would be so perfect to serve at a party!
It works great as party food!