Texas Caviar

This could actually almost be a main course with some toasted pita bread and some hunks of feta cheese. It will get you raves at cookouts and so forth.

Combine all of the following in a large bowl. It's even better the next day.

3 16-oz cans of black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 6-oz jar of pimientos, chopped, with juice (roasted red peppers are the same thing!)
1-3 fresh jalapenos, chopped (only if you like some heat)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tbs chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 tbs dried oregano)
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1 tbs hot pepper sauce
1 tbs Worcester sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup vinaigrette (recipe below)

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

Note: my Texas cousins looked at me blankly when I referred to this, so the name may be spurious. Whatever. It's a fabulous alternative to the eternal three-bean salad.




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