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Texas Caviar Pasta Salad

Bring this and you’ll be the star of the potluck.

If caviar is not your thing, never fear. Texas Caviar is a far more casual affair and has nothing to do with fish eggs. Usually made up of black-eyed-peas, a few other goodies, a vinaigrette-style dressing, and served as a dip, it’s zesty and truly delicious. And it just so happens when you fold it into a creamy pasta salad, even more deliciousness ensues.

I mean, just look at all this flavor! Here we’ve got green and red bell peppers, red onion, bright tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, black beans, black-eyed peas, and sweet corn.

There’s also cumin and cilantro, and while some pasta salads might just rely on Italian dressing and others just mayo, here both are combined into a creamy and flavorful combo.

There’s chewy macaroni, plenty of crunch, some sweetness, and a whole lot of zestiness. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a pasta salad that has everything you could want. Still comfortingly creamy but chock full of zesty flavor too!

Texas Caviar Pasta Salad

Serves 6 Prep 5m  Cook 10m

Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Preparation
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and Italian dressing until smooth.
  2. Add macaroni, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, jalapeños, black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, cumin, and cilantro. Stir until well combined.
  3. Cover bowl, and chill at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen.