Cowboy Caviar Salad + Cilantro Lime Dressing

by byn on April 25, 2012

in Salads

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This post is brought to you by good old-fashioned nosiness, one of the cornerstones of the blogosphere in my opinion. Learning that Gaby is Jessica Simpson’s personal chef lead me to a flurry of clicks around her site, trying to gain more intel on what Jessica eats on a daily basis. There are lots of treats, but also a lot of healthy dishes, fresh greens and pounds of guacamole.

This is the recipe I was drawn to right away, mostly because of the cowboy factor, but also because a salad with a scoop of guacamole in the middle can’t be bad (file under: why has this never occurred to me before?). I made this as a side to some fish tacos, but it would totally stand up on it’s own. You’ve got crunchy green lettuce, cowboy caviar (corn + black beans + red peppers), a scoop of guac and a bright, fresh dressing made with cilantro, lime and honey. This is going to be my go-to salad this summer.

Cowboy Caviar Salad

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking?

Yield: Dressing is enough for 2-3 meal sized salads



1/2 cup cilantro (packed)

1/4 cup grapeseed oil (my flavourless oil of choice)

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper


– green leaf or romaine lettuce

– cowboy caviar (equal parts corn, black beans and diced red pepper – I sauteed mine in a non-stick pan for a few minutes)

– your favourite guacamole recipe


  1. For dressing, add everything to a blender (I used my immersion blender) and blend until smooth.
  2. Arrange your greens on a plate, add a scoop of guacamole to the middle, sprinkle with cowboy caviar, and drizzle with dressing.  

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristine April 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

Beans, i’m still not too sure about… but everything else in this salad sounds like cinco de mayo in a bowl.


Byn April 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

you don’t even notice them! we can def have this for cinco de mayo!


erinvsfat April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

This looks delicious! I wonder how it would do as a road trip lunch?! :)


Byn April 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

not sure how the guacamole would hold up…but there is a quinoa version of this salad that i might make instead!


susanelester April 26, 2012 at 12:10 am

How funny! Your salad looks amazing!


Tatiana April 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

This is totally unrelated to the salad post (does look excellent), but I made those bran muffins you wrote about and they were indeed delicious! More muffin recipies pls (I have a feeling you prefer their round goodness to scones, c’mon now!) :))
Here is a pic for comparison:


Byn April 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

after your cornmeal muffin debacle i have something in the works this weekend! so glad you liked those bran muffins!


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