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Cowboy Caviar Recipe (VIDEO)

This Cowboy Caviar is wonderfully fresh, healthy, simple, and loaded. It’s popular for good reason and we make this salsa all year long. It makes a big batch so it is an ideal potluck or party appetizer.

Cowboy caviar or Texas caviar salsa with avocado, tomatoes and beans

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This cowboy caviar (a.k.a. Texas Caviar) always disappears fast! Annie, my classmate from nursing school, shared this cowboy caviar recipe with me years ago and it has become one of our all-time favorite party appetizers. It’s right up there with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Guacamole!

Cowboy Caviar Video Tutorial:

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What is Cowboy Caviar (a.k.a. Texas Caviar)?

Cowboy Caviar, also known as “Texas caviar,” is a salsa appetizer. It’s like a Pico De Gallo salsa, but more exciting because it’s beefed up with beans, avocado, and corn.

This dip/salsa is unique because it has a vinaigrette-style dressing (we use Italian dressing to keep it super simple).

Salsa recipe for cowboy caviar served with tortilla chips

Cowboy Caviar  Salsa Ingredients:

This cowboy caviar salsa is so colorful, loaded and satisfying.

  • Tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes are tastiest in season, but the beauty of this salsa is it can be made all year long.
  • Beans – We love home-cooked beans or canned black beans or black-eyed peas. Be sure they are rinsed and well-drained. We often interchange these two beans based on what we have on hand and either one works great.
  • Corn – During the winter months, we use canned or frozen corn and in the summer months we add freshly cooked Corn on the Cob.
  • Avocado – Adds an irresistible creaminess. I’ve been known to sneak in extra avocado.
  • Bell Pepper – we have used red, orange, yellow, and even green bell pepper. Any kind will work.
  • Jalapenos – Don’t be intimidated by the jalapeños – the Italian dressing mellows it out and even the kids love it!
  • Italian Dressing – this surprising ingredient infuses every bite with incredible flavor. We love Newmans Own brand, but you can use your favorite one or Homemade Italian Dressing.
  • Limes, garlic, and salt – Use fresh lime juice and garlic for the best flavor
Ingredients for Cowboy caviar with avocado, tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, beans, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and Italian salad dressing

Time-Saving Tip: we use our favorite food chopper for cutting up the tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado, onion, and bell pepper. It can cut the prep time in half.

How to Make Cowboy Caviar:

  1. Chop the fresh ingredients: tomatoes, avocados, onion, jalapenos, bell pepper, cilantro, and mince the garlic
  2. Rinse and Drain Black beans and drain corn well if using canned.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the mixing bowl, add Italian dressing, lemon juice, and salt. Stir to combine then enjoy.

It really is that easy. You can make it several hours ahead and leftovers are still great the next day.

How to make cowboy caviar recipe with ingredients arranged in a bowl

How to Serve Texas Caviar:

We always serve Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips as an appetizer but it can be served as a topping for beef tacos, burritos, nachos, or served as a salad. My husband and I often skip dinner and just make a big batch of this bean salsa in the evening.

what is cowboy caviar in a bowl dipped with a chip

Cowboy Caviar is a keeper of a recipe. Make this once and you will make it again and again.

More Salsa Recipes:

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

5 from 46 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Cowboy Caviar salsa served with tortilla chip
This Cowboy Caviar salsa is wonderfully fresh, healthy, simple and loaded! We make this salsa all summer long.  It makes a big batch so it is an ideal summer party dip. A surprising ingredient infuses every bite with incredible flavor.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Keyword: Cowboy Caviar
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 149
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bell bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 large avocado , peeled, pitted and diced
  • 15 oz can corn, drained (or from 1 cooked cob of corn)
  • 15 oz can black beans, well rinsed and drained (or make your own)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, About 1/2 cup chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp  lime juice
  • 1/2 cup light Italian Dressing, *
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced tomatoes, chopped onion and bell pepper, seeded and diced jalapeño, sliced avocado, drained corn, rinsed and drained black beans and chopped cilantro.
  2. Stir in 3-4 Tbsp of lime juice, 1/2 cup of Italian dressing, 4 pressed garlic cloves and 1 tsp  of salt or season to taste. Mix everything together and serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

We use either Newmans Own or Olive Garden brand light Italian dressing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 586mg25%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 30.7mg37%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Darlene
    August 10, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    This dip is FANTASTIC!
    I was wondering why you use “lite” Italian dressing? I wanted to make it the next time using your homemade Italian dressing. Would that work as well….or BETTER?! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      August 10, 2021

      Hi Darlene, “light” is just less oily. If you look at the bottle without shaking it, the regular one has a ton of oil in it that doesn’t really add the best flavor to a salsa such as this one which is why we get light.

      Reply

  • Debra Faust-Clancy
    August 9, 2021

    Great recipe, Natasha. I have used it as a side alongside grilled steaks and grilled shrimp — superb! A tip for you. Throw your limes in the microwave for 25 seconds — it makes them a lot juicier and no rolling. xx

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2021

      Thanks for that great tip, Debra! I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe!

      Reply

  • Mollie Carr
    July 23, 2021

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful recipes! My family is loving them. ☺️ I’m going to make this for my work family.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2021

      You’re welcome, Mollie! I hope your family loves it!

      Reply

  • Anne
    July 23, 2021

    Can this be made a day before and refrigerated until serving?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2021

      Hi Anne, It will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

      Reply

  • Marsha
    July 18, 2021

    Again, another winning recipe from Natasha.
    Definitely a hit in my house!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 19, 2021

      Glad you loved it, Marsha! Thank you so much for your review.

      Reply

  • Nicole M.
    July 16, 2021

    This recipe is so good! My husband loves it! Wondering if it would freeze well?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2021

      Hi Nicole! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! We enjoy it fresh, and I don’t believe it will freeze well, but I also haven’t tested that to advise. This recipe will last up to 4-5 days. Keep in mind vegetables will let off a little water.

      Reply

  • Linda Rasmussen
    July 1, 2021

    Great recipe. We ate so much, decided it could just be our dinner!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2021

      Perfect! I’m glad you loved it, thanks for your review, Linda.

      Reply

  • Gwen
    July 1, 2021

    I must tell you that this was delicious and a HUGE hit! I served it with Tostito’s Scoops and also had cornbread available to serve it over top! Everyone has asked for your recipe, I shared the video with them!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Gwen! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Becca Terpack
    June 28, 2021

    Great recipe!! I just happened to have chimichurri on hand and added more red wine vinegar, and several ounces of Ken’s Light Italian. I used fresh corn for flavor and color.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      Hi Becca, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Annette Abbott
    June 21, 2021

    Made this for Father’s Day and it was a HUGE hit!! Everyone loved it!! They want me to make it for our Christmas in July party next month!! This recipe is a definite keeper!! Thank you!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 21, 2021

      That’s amazing, Annette! Thank you for this lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Lydia
    June 18, 2021

    Can I substitute the cilantro for anything else?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2021

      Hi Lydia, we prefer it with cilantro but parsley may work here also.

      Reply

  • Bobbie
    May 31, 2021

    One of our favorite restaurants serves an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, topped with a scoop of pimento cheese, a scoop of this “caviar” on the side topped with a few micro sprouts. Sounds like an unlikely combination – but it’s delicious! (And we have recreated at home!!)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Gina
    May 19, 2021

    Loved this! Left out the Italian dressing and served over a little brown rice! Wonderful! Had left overs next day with Baked White sweet potato disks instead of chips! Just wonderful!! Thank you so much!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Gina! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Ginny
    April 18, 2021

    I am one of those people that can’t abide cilantro. Can I use a little ground cumin instead? Love your videos!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Hi Ginny, I haven’t tried cummin yet but others used parsley and liked it!

      Reply

  • Bev
    April 16, 2021

    Very good! We love it! But I used drained Pinto beans, black olives & shredded cheese. Yum!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Bev!

      Reply

  • Sandy
    March 18, 2021

    I love dark red kidney beans. Do you think it would taste good if I substituted them for the black beans & left out the jalapeño?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2021

      Hi Sandy, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Zoie Penick
    February 7, 2021

    My sister and I made this recipe today. It was so good! We loved it! Our family loved it as well. It was a hit! It definitely made a lot! But we used it, to top on top of our nachos. It was great! Thanks for the recipe Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2021

      You are very welcome! Thank you for sharing your great feedback with us.

      Reply

  • Tyler
    January 14, 2021

    I have made this maybe twice and I love it, but it makes a lot and I am the only one that eats it so I would cut the recipe in half.

    Reply

  • Rill A Wright
    January 12, 2021

    All I can say is WOW! I added the second avocado and the full 4 Tbs of lime juice. Absolutely delicious!!! I served it with my chicken enchiladas and honey corn bread and my husband and two grown boys said it was the best dinner ever!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Rill!

      Reply

  • Tina
    January 10, 2021

    Fantastic

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2021

      Thank you, Tina!

      Reply

  • Cindy
    January 8, 2021

    I’m making this for tomorrow evening. Would you suggest holding off adding the lime juice & dressing until tomorrow?
    I have the rest of the ingredients together already.

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    • Natasha
      January 10, 2021

      Hi Cindy, I would add the lime juice and dressing which would preserve the avocado and help to keep it from turning color.

      Reply

  • Yvonne P
    January 2, 2021

    I made this for my NYE get together with my sisters and their families! And all I can say is wow! I served as an appetizer and we pretty much ate the whole thing instead of dinner! Thank you for another great recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2021

      You’re welcome, Yvonne! We like to do the same with this meal! It’s so hard not to eat it in one setting!

      Reply

  • Bill Mahan
    December 31, 2020

    2020 was a pretty rough year for most of us. But finding your kitchen was one of the real treats for our family this year. So many great recipes and so much fun watching you and your family bring laughter and joy to others while we work from home. Learned a lot about cooking too. All the best in 2021!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Bill. I’m so happy you discovered our blog.

      Reply

  • Linda
    December 30, 2020

    This is so good we included it in our Christmas meal. Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Anna
    December 30, 2020

    Hi Natasha, any alternative for the dressing?

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    • Natasha
      December 30, 2020

      Hi Anna, I always use Italian dressing. You could make a homemade one (we have one on our site), or use more lemon or lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Italian dressing has the best flavor.

      Reply

  • Thomas Horstmann
    December 30, 2020

    What’s your recipe for Italian Oil dressing?

    Reply

  • sara
    December 29, 2020

    i tried it it is so nice thanks natasha

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Thanks for sharing, Sara. I’m glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Lily
    December 29, 2020

    This was incredible, we loved it as a dip and even ate it as a salad! Such a versatile recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Hi Lily, thank you so much for your great comments and feedback!

      Reply

  • Beth
    December 29, 2020

    This looks so delicious and yummy! My husband is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Please let us know how it goes. I hope you’ll both love this!

      Reply

  • Tara
    December 29, 2020

    Who needs the tortilla chips?! I can totally just eat this with a spoon. So good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Pam
    August 29, 2020

    Wow, this is amazing! My family couldn’t get enough of it, especially BIL who’s a picky eater lol Should have doubled the recipe. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2020

      That’s just awesome Pan! It sounds like you found a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Patricia
    July 18, 2020

    Have made this 3 times already. Very good however my family likes it better sans the dressing. Great way to use garden fresh veggies! Thank you for another great recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that great review with me Patricia! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Karen Plante
    July 13, 2020

    HI Natasha,
    Made your cowboy caviar & Italian pasta recipes this weekend and as always like other recipes of yours they were delicious! Always looking forward to trying another recipe. Thanks again!

    Karen

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Karen!

      Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      Thank you so much for your great feedback, Karen. We appreciate you sharing it with us.

      Reply

  • Bill Cox
    July 11, 2020

    That is some good looking salsa, but the Cowboy Caviar name threw me a bit.
    I’ve always known Cowboy Caviar as another name for Rocky Mountain oysters, Prairie oysters, Calf fries which are a Western delicacy to some. I love’em. Bet that salsa would go great with them.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 11, 2020

      I hope you love this salsa Bill! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Carol Ann
    July 4, 2020

    Love, love, love this!!! I actually had it with tortilla chips for dinner tonight. I had just this but can see it pairing well with any kind of meat or fish. I really like when something so delicious is nutritious too. This is going to be my new potluck signature dish.Thanks, Natasha for another winning recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2020

      One of our favorites! I’m so happy you liked this recipe!

      Reply

  • Kim
    July 4, 2020

    Made this today for a 4th of July/birthday party celebration and we absolutely love it! Thank you for all of your recipes and videos

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2020

      You’re welcome, Kim! Happy 4th of July!

      Reply

  • Carol
    July 4, 2020

    OMG THE BEST thing ever!! This was so good and because I’m greedy and love avocado I added 2 lol. It was sweet from the corn, tangbfrom the lime, creamy from the avocado, you have the sweetness from the red bell pepper. We have Vidalia onions here in Florida. This will be my go too. I loved everything about this!! 10 stars

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that great review with me Carol!

      Reply

  • Elizabeth Kenley
    July 3, 2020

    I have had this dish before but could not find my recipe. I looked over several an decided yours had most of the ingredients I had on hand. I think I ate a quarter of it before dinner. It was a hit!!! I have printed it off an made several notes….it won’t be lost.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2020

      I’m so happy you found and enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Sue Carper
    July 2, 2020

    Been making this for years,, everyone loves it,,,, I don’t put avocado in mine, my husband doesn’t like it,, but the longer it sits, the better it tastes!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 2, 2020

      Sounds great, Sue. I’m glad you still liked it without the avocado. Thanks for sharing and giving this recipe a good review!

      Reply

  • Paige
    June 11, 2020

    Awesome, quick and easy! Really fresh and delicious.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    June 6, 2020

    I make this but I use canned black eyed peas rinsed and drain

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2020

      I hope you loved it with that. Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Charlotte Hayes
    May 2, 2020

    How do I access info on cooking utensils, etc you use while cooking.
    Mobile UTube site doesnt show arrows to click.
    Great, easy recipes. Yum yum!!!

    Reply

  • Suzanne
    April 1, 2020

    This looks awesome. We were recently at MD Anderson for a time and the adjoining hotel made something like this every night tossed with Ken’s dressing. They placed it next to a large bowl of salad greens. I used to put it on top of my greens and sprinkle with shredded cheese and croutons. It was wonderful. I am anxious to try your version.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2020

      That is interesting! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

    • Jennifer Holder
      July 2, 2020

      Hope everything went well for you at Anderson. We spent 5 years of our lives there. Wonderful place. My husband would not be alive today without them.

      Reply

  • Jan
    January 31, 2020

    I have a question – 149 calories and it feeds 10 people. Why not tell us what volume/size/cup/ounces in a serving? Are you secretly a math teacher? I’d love to taste this but am weary.

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    • Natasha
      January 31, 2020

      Hi Jan, it does make a very large bowl of salsa. Unfortunately, I didn’t portion out individual servings to measure it out that way. I would guess it makes 8-9 cups of salsa, so just over 3/4 cup per serving.

      Reply

  • Alice
    January 27, 2020

    I hope to get the answer to my question before my daughters baby shower.
    Can I make this caviar cowboy dip the night before the party the following afternoon.
    Thanks.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2020

      Hi Alice, Happy birthday to your daughter! It will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

      Reply

  • Kari
    January 22, 2020

    I made this and served it with brown rice and chicken, like a burrito bowl. Super yummy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Kari! Thank you for that amazing review.

      Reply

  • Maria
    November 2, 2019

    This salad is a hit, every time I have a get together with friends and family they request this salad. The best part is that it is easy to make. Love it!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Maria!

      Reply

  • Joann Fedderly
    September 7, 2019

    This recently popped up on my Facebook page so I thought what the heck I would try it for my husband. IT says makes a lot so I cut it in half except for the avocado, which I used a whole one. Oh my it’s amazing! He couldn’t stop snacking on it and it was all gone the second day.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Max
    August 29, 2019

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m looking forward to more of your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2019

      I hope you love it, Max! We look forward to your feedback.

      Reply

  • Olga Polk
    August 27, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! So much flavor! Great recipe to finish out the summer. Btw you look super cute in this video Thank you again Natasha!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      Thank you Olga! You’re so nice. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed this recipe and appreciate the awesome review.

      Reply

  • m d
    August 26, 2019

    Having family gathering this weekend. I practiced it today. Since I’m traveling, ill make it once I get there Saturday morning. I think they’ll love it1

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      That’s so great! It is one of our more popular recipes! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Jan
    August 14, 2019

    Made this tonight for my husband and me. Delicious and refreshing! (I did leave out the peppers, though, but it was still delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 15, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Jan!

      Reply

    • Gail
      December 31, 2019

      Great recipe! I omit bottled dressing. Made simple dressing with 2/3 Cup EVO, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, s&p and 1 tsp dried basil. Leftover fres single good on all salads and fresh always better than bottled.

      Reply

  • AmyB
    August 9, 2019

    Hoping to make this for a family gathering tomorrow. Can this be made ahead of time a day before? I’m think I could just add the avocado right before it’s served. Love your recipes!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2019

      Hi Amy, It will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

      Reply

  • Beth
    August 9, 2019

    This is amazing! I have made this twice in a week and every time people rave about it. I tried it over warm chicken and it is amazing! I will be making this over and over and have recommended it people

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Beth!

      Reply

  • George Skene
    August 2, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    I’m trying this recipe tomorrow. This part should be revised:
    “1 bell bell pepper seeded and diced”

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    • George
      August 5, 2019

      to 1 red bell pepper…

      Reply

  • Kim Chinn
    July 22, 2019

    Thank you for sharing such a delicious dish! It was easy to make and my family is giving me 10 out of 10 rating lol! I don’t know how I ran into you but I am surely blessed that I did. Have a great summer and thanks again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Kim. I’m all smiles!

      Reply

  • Mindy Owen
    July 20, 2019

    I made this today, and instead of an italian dressing I used one called “Sweet Cilantro Lime” (Sams choice brand aka Walmart). It really added a wonderful flavor. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the perfect recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Irene Guerin
    July 9, 2019

    Can I substitute the cilantro with parsley? Will it change the flavor immensely?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 9, 2019

      Hi Irene, several of our readers have done the same and loved it!

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      • Irene
        July 9, 2019

        Appreciate your quick reply! I plan to make it tomorrow and can’t wait to try it!

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  • linda
    May 31, 2019

    I made this for a cookout and it is really good. I served it with tostitos scoops. It’s make a large amount of salsa so it is perfect for a party. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    May 26, 2019

    The video includes 6 cloves of garlic; however, the garlic is not included in the recipe. Was is it an omission or was this not to be included?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2019

      Hi Kathy! We have garlic incuded in the recipe list. See the printable option towards the bottom of the post.

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  • Kathy
    April 12, 2019

    This is excellent.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Kathy!

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      • Debbie
        July 22, 2019

        I want to make this recipe but need additional information on the servings. The nutritional information is for 1 serving. What size would the serving be?
        Thanks!!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 22, 2019

          Hi Debbie, a serving is about one-tenth of the recipe.

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  • DIANE CLARK
    March 26, 2019

    Great healthy appetizer that never goes to waste!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2019

      We never have leftovers! Definitely a favorite around here!

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    • Cindy kool
      July 3, 2019

      How long will this last in the frisge..i made it tonight for 4th of july wkend…it looks really good

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      • Natasha
        July 4, 2019

        Hi Cindy, It will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator. Happy 4th of July! This is a great choice for the 4th of July weekend!

        Reply

  • Leanne
    March 24, 2019

    Lovely light lunch to take to work, and can be prepped ahead making it a great time saver. Very tasty and versatile as you can add extras to it liked cooked chicken.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Leanne. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • AlethaKaren Bass
    February 26, 2019

    This is awesome! In fact, it’s really a meal in a bowl if you want it to be! Doesn’t need chips. You can add a scoop of rice to the bottom of your bowl if desired or grilled chicken to the mixture but I don’t when using this as a meal.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

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  • Pat Falk
    January 27, 2019

    I’ve made this and it’s the best cowboy caviar recipe ever – dressing is secret ingredient for sure! I wonder if you could add large shrimp to tge recipe and have as a luncheon meal – what do you think?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t tried that but I think that should work!

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  • Michelle
    January 26, 2019

    I just need to understand the black bean ingredient when it said. In the same sentence “black beans,( or make your own)” and I don’t understand,is there something I am missing or is that sentence misplaced?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 26, 2019

      Hi Michelle, we posted more about that within in the recipe including a link to make your own beans. You can follow that link here 🙂

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  • Mary
    January 11, 2019

    Hi I’m doing a Daniel fast with my church and this would look perfect with the exception of Italian dressing since it has sugar in it and I think Parmesan cheese that I can’t have. Is there a substitute I can use? Or is it best I just wait to make it after the fast with original ingredients?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 12, 2019

      This dressing compliments the salad very well. To get the full experience you can wait or simply use a dressing that is okay to use with the fast. I’d love to know how you like that.

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  • Sharon Baskin
    January 11, 2019

    What can be substituted for the avocado? I am allergic to those,

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2019

      Hi Sharon, its near impossible to replace certain tastes and textures, we recommend testing out what suits you best or omitting that.

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  • Geri Ruch
    November 24, 2018

    Do you have a receipe for Sea Salt Caramels?

    I am loving all your wonderful receipes and your videos….following you daily…..thank you so much…..God Bless…..

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2018

      Hi Geri! I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes! I do not have a recipe for caramels however this caramel sauce recipe is quite popular

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  • Eleni
    November 21, 2018

    So delicious! The flavor. I am all about flavor. Big thumbs up.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for the wonderful review!!

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  • Angelina Naumov
    November 4, 2018

    I made this yesterday for my daughter’s birthday. It was such a hit! People loved it. Was all gone! Thank you for the recipe Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for the wonderful review! 🙂

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  • lynne eggers
    September 13, 2018

    I love all of your recipes, but I should never watch you cook when I am hungry….I wish you lived next door!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2018

      love this! Thank you Lynne! 🙂

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  • Sharon
    August 27, 2018

    This is listed under “Paleo” recipes, but black beans are not allowed on the paleo diet. Just wanted to point that out so there is no confusion for people who are trying to adhere to that type of diet.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      Hi Sharon. Thank you for sharing That with us! Our readers will find that helpful.

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  • tina carnahan
    July 31, 2018

    how do you come up with 38g of sugar??

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    • Natasha
      July 31, 2018

      Hi Tina, oh my goodness you are right! The recipe calculator I used somehow read that as 15 oz of candy corn. Goodness gracious that is definitely wrong! I updated the recipe card. Now I’m setting off to check all of my corn recipes. WOW!! Thanks for asking 🙂

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  • Peggy
    July 27, 2018

    If I didn’t want to use ready made Italian dressing, could you recommend a vinegar based dressing recipe like you mentioned in the introduction to this recipe?
    Thanks

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    • Natasha
      July 27, 2018

      Hi Peggy, we don’t have an Italian dressing recipe posted yet, but most Italian homemade dressing would work. The clear ones are better as opposed to the creamy ones for this recipe. You could also use a lemon dressing similar to what is in this salad and that will work here and adjust the seasoning to taste.

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  • Nalanov
    July 12, 2018

    Just wanted to leave a recipe suggestion, I tried this pirog and it was delicious. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hC9wazAFSEY
    Btw, my kiddos love watching your videos/bloopers can go all day watching them, often copy you when I serve them their meals saying, “time for the taste test.” 😄

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). I’m all smiles!

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  • Tammi Numata
    July 8, 2018

    I made this last night. Very delicious… So happy……

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  • janine
    July 8, 2018

    I love how this looks. I despise Kraft Italian salad dressing it tastes like chemicals to me. What Italian dressing do you use? I usually like your recipes but not sure what to do about the Italian dressing part I think it might ruin it for me anyway

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    • Natasha
      July 8, 2018

      Hi Janine, you can absolutely use your favorite and we don’t usually use Kraft in this recipe, but I did recommend 2 brands that we prefer in the recipe above. You can use whichever brand you prefer or normally would purchase 🙂

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      • janine
        July 9, 2018

        Ah thanks didn’t see what you recommended I will give it a try

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 9, 2018

          You’re welcome!

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  • Jenna
    July 8, 2018

    Natasha! Making this for the third day in a row and I can not tell you HOW MUCH MY DAD LOVES THIS. He won’t stop raving about how fresh and healthy and all the right ingredients this is “otse same ludshe, vobshe the best” haha! Already memorized the ingredients, super easy and simple to make, I just add a little less Italian dressing and use fresh tomatoes from the garden. You’re awesome for sharing this!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2018

      That’s so awesome Jenna! I love the mix of Russian & English in the same sentence! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review with me!

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  • Sophie
    July 7, 2018

    Oh this looks yum, I’m very tempted to make it even though it’s winter here ☺️
    p.s it says 1 bell bell pepper in the print friendly recipe 😉

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    • Natasha
      July 7, 2018

      Oh oops thanks for catching that – should be 1 Red bell pepper 🙂

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      • Ray McCormick
        August 2, 2018

        It’s been three weeks and the oops has not been corrected. My first time on the website and I noticed it right away.
        I have a recipe for Cowboy Caviar that I just love. Very similar to this one. I make it a gallon at a time and I live alone. My favorite vegetable dish. The recipe for the dressing is as follows:
        1/2 cup olive oil
        1/3 cup sugar
        1/3 cup white wine vinegar
        1 tsp. chili powder
        1 tsp. salt
        Love it!

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  • Roseline Dugas
    July 7, 2018

    Very appealing but will try later. I am still in the chicken recepies that I adore.

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    • Natasha
      July 7, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear you are loving our recipes 🙂 I hope you enjoy this cowboy caviar just as much!

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  • Kelli
    May 9, 2018

    Just made a half portion to try before serving to a group. Definitely making this to share! Spice level was suitable for a mixed crowd. We tend to favor a bit more of a kick and will double the jalapeño in a batch for half the group. Either way, this was fresh, crisp and worthy of repeating in the future!
    Thank you, Natasha for a new go-to recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2018

      You’re welcome Kelli! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe enough to share it. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers!

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  • Anastasia
    August 21, 2017

    Thank you for the recipe! How long does it keep in the fridge and is it freezable?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 22, 2017

      Hi Anastasia, I haven’t tried freezing so I can’t say for sure – you might test with a small batch to see how it thaws. We have always enjoyed it fresh.

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      • Amanda
        August 7, 2018

        Can I make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge?

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        • Natasha
          August 7, 2018

          Hi Amanda, yes it does keep for a day or two in the fridge. 🙂

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  • Vanessa
    January 11, 2014

    I have a tradition with my husband, and that is making a few appetizers while we watch Sunday’s game. I have already tried one dip from this website and this will be my next recipe! I love how simple and yet delicious these recipes are. I am also making the ceviche tomorrow! Can’t wait!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 11, 2014

      Make sure to get some tobasco or hot sauce to drizzle over the top 🙂 I’m so glad you like the recipes!!

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      • Vanessa
        January 12, 2014

        Tanks for the recommendation! I will!

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  • Ann
    November 12, 2013

    If I add chick peas to this salad will the taste b the same?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2013

      Chickpeas might a little firm for this salad. It might throw the texture off a little. I’d stick with the beans.

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  • Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    August 5, 2011

    Looks wonderful, nothing like fresh salsa in the summer!

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  • Kristin W.
    July 9, 2011

    I know what you mean about nursing! I finished nursing school a few years ago, and I actually went to BYU-Idaho’s program in Rexburg and loved it! I love looking at your site–good luck with school!

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  • Elina
    July 5, 2011

    Natasha,

    I made this for our 4th of July party it was awesome, everyone loved it. I’ve made couple of things from your site and everything is always delicious:)

    Thank you,

    Elina

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  • Joe in N Calif
    July 2, 2011

    Don’t apologize, Natalia. Life happens. If it didn’t you would have nothing about which to blog. And congratulations on getting this far in the nursing program.

    May I respectfully suggest that you change 1/2 of a cilantro bushel
    to read 1/2 of a cilantro BUNCH? A half bushel would be 4 gallons of cilantro. Other than that it sounds great, almost a cross between a traditional fresh salsa and “southern caviar.”

    Bet it would be great rolled up in a flour tortilla.

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  • mariathebookkeeper@yahoo.com
    June 30, 2011

    Thanks for posting all of these recipes. I recently found your website and am really excited about it. Thanks for your hard work!!!

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  • olga
    June 29, 2011

    thank you Natasha for sharing your recipes with others, I like your site a lot and I just don’t know how you have time for all these – nursing school and family is a lot, but you also find time for cooking I think you just very gifted girl. God bless you

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