nutritional information


  • Calories: 189
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Total Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 433 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Picnic Caviar

Picnic Caviar

Serves 4

There's nothing fishy about this combination of beans, corn, and peppers. The easy-to-make gem gets better as it marinates in its sweet-'n'-spicy dressing.
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans or black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • 1 2-oz. can diced green chiles with liquid
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

1. Whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, garlic, oregano, and basil in large bowl.

2. Stir in black and pinto beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, chiles, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

July 2008

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wonderful flavors! add some fresh basil & fresh oregan with the rest to add a little soething.

Karen koval - 2015-08-08 16:15:28

Do you drain the liquid from the canned chilis? Or is that liquid part of the dressing?

Sarah - 2015-08-06 23:38:11

I made this with a 4-oz can of chiles and it was very good. I have never seen a can of chiles as small as 2 ounces. I think that must be a mistake in the recipe. I think next time I would just use a small amount of jalapeno. This was also very good scooped up with tortillas chips.

Jackie B. - 2015-07-02 02:46:30

Winery picnic with chips

Ashley Scott - 2014-05-20 03:11:34

Picnic caviar

K - 2014-02-25 01:55:58


Bec - 2014-02-23 22:39:39

Easy and delicious. I used frozen corn and it still tasted great!

wanttobevegan - 2013-08-31 03:50:22

Ummm very good. If you haven't tried it give it a chance. I will be making this often. Very good

Rudie Hansbro - 2013-08-05 04:13:24

I only had seasoned rice vinegar so I left out the sugar, used a 16 oz package of cooked frozen corn and half a diced jalapeno instead of the canned chiles. It was very tasty with these substitutions.

Mel - 2013-06-18 18:28:23

This is one of my top 2 favorite recipes to bring to a potluck or BBQ. EVERYONE loves this recipe. Thanks VT!

Erin Renee - 2013-06-05 02:27:15

quick and tasty summer picnic recipe!

Carmelina M - 2012-07-15 23:50:03

fantastic recipe! has become one of our favorites.

Jill - 2012-05-20 03:36:20

This is awesome! I used black beans & chick peas and coconut sugar because that's what I had on hand. Left out the chiles because I didn't have any; I imagine a jalepeno would be a nice touch. I have a small bowl of this when I'm in a 'munchy' mood. Otherwise, I serve on top of mixed greens. The longer it sits to marinate, the better!

Carlin - 2012-05-16 15:38:33

This was amazing! I made it with frozen corn and Stevia instead of sugar and it was still very good. My husband gobbled it up...I will definitely make this again!

Robin Eickhoff-Zimmerman - 2012-04-03 11:15:13

I have made this several times and it is wonderful! Perfect for a bounty of summer produce. The recipe is spot on.

Annie - 2011-08-21 19:02:37