If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!
Have you ever had Cowboy Caviar? My guess is you have even if you didn’t know what you were eating was Cowboy Caviar. If you don’t know what Cowboy Caviar is, allow me to tell you. It’s basically an appetizer or side dish made from beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, and cilantro. You serve it up cold and it makes a great addition to any summer potluck.
Well, I wanted to get a bit crazy and make something that had the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar but tasted nothing like it. I’m happy to say this recipe was a total success. Much like my fruit sushi, it's a sweet and fun dessert appetizer that everyone loves!
In order to go for the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar, but to make it into a dessert, I made the following substitutions: dark chocolate chips for the black beans, kiwi for the avocado, strawberry for the tomato, banana for the corn, the blueberries ended up looking like olives (an unintentional win), and I used fresh mint in lieu of cilantro. I held all the flavors together with my secret ingredient - lemon curd.
I served this lovely treat up with some cinnamon pita chips. Not only did it end up looking exactly as I had envisioned, it tasted even better than I had hoped!
Dessert Cowboy Caviar
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer dark chocolate)
- 1 banana
- 2 kiwis
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- 8 strawberries
- 2 Tbsp. fresh mint (minced)
- 1 Tbsp. lemon curd
- Chop all fruit into ¼ inch pieces. Slightly firm fruit works best. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and gently toss until lemon curd is distributed evenly. Best if served same day. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. This is great on its own or served with cinnamon sugar pita chips.