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I realized that a great thing about vegan dishes is that they are likely to be safe to take with you on a picnic or pot-luck.  There’s no animal proteins or dairy to spoil in the heat!  It’s also a bonus that this is largely a no-cook dish that won’t heat up your kitchen when it’s already so hot out.  If you cook the beans ahead of time in the slow cooker or use canned beans you wouldn’t have to heat up your house at all.


This one is super versatile too.  It can be a chunky salsa that you can eat with chips.  My fireman an I had it with some rice as a simple dinner on a hot day.  It would be great with some salad too!

Texas Caviar – served with rice pilaf

Serves 4-6 as a salsa – cost approx $.38 per serving

Serves 3 as a main – cost approx $.80, including rice pilaf


  • 1 cup dry black eyed peas, cooked, drained or cooled – you could substitute 2 cans of cooked beans ($.46)
  • 1/2 onion, minced ($.11)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper ($.25)
  • 1/2 cucumber ($.25)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • pinch chili powder
  • minced jalapeno, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced herbs, I used green onions and parsley ($.25)
  • 1/2 cup Pace Picante Sauce – I’m Texan and this is one of the few things I make sure to by the name-brand! ($.33)

Mix all ingredients together, taste to adjust the seasonings.  Chill until you’re ready to eat!