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Veggie Pirate Boats

Veggie Pirate Boats

Set sail with these colorful “boats” that are nutritious and fun for the whole family!

Serves: 8 (Serving = 1/2 boat)


  • 2 medium cucumbers, washed
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, no salt added, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can corn, no salt added, drained and rinsed (can also use 1 ½ cups fresh corn, or 1 ½ cups frozen corn - thawed)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, washed and diced
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup Italian salad dressing (choose gluten free for GF version)
  • 4-8 (4-6 inch) wooden skewers - for the masts
  • 4-8 paper triangles and markers - for the masts


  1. For the boats: cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. If desired, chop up the scooped-out insides and add to the filling mixture, otherwise discard insides or reserve for another use. Set cucumbers aside.
  2. For the filling: mix together the beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and Italian dressing in a large mixing bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour to marinate flavors together.
  3. For the masts: decorate the paper triangles as desired. Secure the paper triangles to the wooden skewers with tape.
  4. For assembly: fill the cucumber boats with the filling. Place the mast at the end of each cucumber.  Cut the boat in half to make 8 smaller servings.
  5. Serve any extra filling with tortilla chips, pita bread, or by itself. Set sail and enjoy this yummy dish, mateys!