Earlier this summer, I came up with a recipe to imitate Trader Joe’s cowboy caviar, and I’ve made it three additional times since then. The only downside to making it at home is that it doesn’t keep as long as the store-bought version—and I suppose that’s the natural tradeoff when there are fewer preservatives involved. Since the recipe makes quite a bit, I’ve been finding new uses for it, including these Mexican-inspired hummus bowls, an easy and filling dinner that’s perfect for meatless Monday (or any day of the week!).
If you aren’t in the mood for making cowboy caviar from scratch, you can use your favorite store-bought corn salsa or even substitute some canned corn, canned beans, and a splash of tomato-based salsa or hot sauce. As for the hummus, which combines with the salsa to make a zesty, flavor-packed “dressing” for the rice and veggies, feel free to use any flavor that piques your interest: original, roasted garlic, chipotle, etc. It’s sort of like a pick-your-own-adventure dinner – and it’s always nice to have options, isn’t it?
With the back-to-school season already or soon-to-be upon so many of us, simple meals like these Mexican-inspired hummus bowls can be a real lifesaver. They’re quick and satisfying, like burrito bowls from Chipotle, but at a fraction of the cost!
What are your favorite ways to use up leftover salsa?
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 4 ounces mixed greens
- 1 cup hummus
- 1 cup cowboy caviar or corn salsa
- 1 avocado, diced
- 3 ounces cotija or queso fresco, crumbled
- chopped cilantro
- Cook the brown rice according to the directions on the package.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the cubed sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned in places and easily pierced with a fork.
- Stir together the brown rice and mixed greens and divide the mixture into individual bowls. Top with the remaining ingredients.