This easy Black Eyed Pea Dip is the traditional Texas Caviar dish with a little California spin! It is great for New Year’s Day or for a party any time of year!
Happy New Year! Do you have any special traditions for today? As you may know, I’m from Mississippi, and back home we eat black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on New Year’s Day. There’s an old Southern saying, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold,” so apparently Southerners hope they will get rich every year.
I can’t say that Matt and I have carried on the traditional Southern New Year’s meal since we’ve moved to California, but this year my mom was here so I had to come up with something. Since they were flying home today and didn’t have time for a big meal, we opted for what she calls Mississippi Caviar, a black eyed pea dip (also known as Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar).
Truth be told, I had never made this Southern dip before. I had it years ago when I still lived in the South and wasn’t really a fan. I remember it tasting like peas and salad dressing, which is pretty much what it was, so I was never inclined to make it again. When my mom requested it for today, I researched a few recipes and put my own spin on it. I wasn’t even planning to post it, but it turned out so well that I have to share!
Instead of bottled Italian dressing, I made a quick vinaigrette as the base seasoning. Since we needed to fulfill our “greens for dollars” piece, I added very finely chopped cabbage. This ingredient is optional, but I’m all for adding some extra vitamins, sweetness, and crunch. I also added corn because I thought that was part of the classic Texas caviar, and hopefully it’s close enough to “cornbread for gold.” It turns out, my mom had never had corn in hers, but she loved it. Since I’m in California, I couldn’t help but add avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. I think you will really love the combined Mississippi and California flavors, and I hope this will bring you good luck no matter what time of year you enjoy it!
Here are some more easy salsa recipes I think you’ll love!