Gigi Salad

All photography in this post provided by Faith Ectermeyer.

Cooler weather which beckons for comfort food is upon us. And the holidays, packed with sweets and heavy food, are right around the corner. So how about a lighter option to help balance things out a bit?

This recipe is for a tasty and tangy salad I enjoyed while in Napa with Bush’s Beans and a day of Flavors from Around the World a couple of weeks back at the CIA. Connie Guttersen shared her culinary expertise and dietary knowledge by showing us how to build flavors around the goodness of beans with a salad, definitely full of flavor, as well as beneficial nutrients.

Don’t the pomegranate seeds add such nice color? And crunch too!

But wait! There’s not only a yummy recipe to try out, but a giveaway too. The nice folks from Bush’s Beans are offering a gift package to one (1) winner that includes:

Bush’s Beans items: apron, coupons, bean strainer and mints, recipe bookmark
Spices/ingredients for recipes: Tahini paste, cumin, smoked paprika
Culinary Institute of America/Napa items: Spoon rest, dish towel, Olive Press citrus olive oil

To enter, leave one comment telling about your favorite recipe using beans. You can even post a link if you’d like to!

Giveaway begins right now, today, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, and ends, Monday, November 15, 2010 Midnight PST. Winner will be announced sometime on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

Now for the tasty recipe!

BUSH’S Gigi Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe
Serves 4-5
created for Bush’s Beans by Connie Guttersen, PhD, RD author of “The Sonoma Diet” and “The Sonoma Diet Cookbook”

Ingredients for Citrus Vinaigrette:

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey

1 pinch chile flakes

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk (or in a mason jar and shake). Season with salt and pepper.

Ingredients for Salad:

2 cups hearts of palms

2 cups orange segments (approximately 2 oranges)

1 cup jicama, juilenne

1 lb shrimp, cooked

salt and pepper

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, arials

1 avocado, sliced

1/4 cup scallions, cut thin on bias

2 cups butter lettuce, cut into strips

1/2 can Bush’s Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted

salt and pepper to taste

Combine hearts of palm, orange, jicama and cooked shrimp in large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Dress salad with 4 tablespoons of citrus dressing.
 Gently mix in pomegranate seeds, avocados, scallions, lettuce and beans. Taste for salt and pepper and additional dressing. Garnish with toasted almonds.


Don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite bean recipe!

(Thanks to Bush’s Beans for supplying the gift pack for this giveaway.)

All photography in this post provided by Faith Ectermeyer.

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  1. 1

    Jennifer K says

    I use Bush’s black beans to make a yummy, hot bean dip! It’s great with tortilla chips.

  2. 2


    My favorite bean recipe is my grandfather’s ‘Spicy’ Bean Chili. Some beans, hamburger, onions, and LOTS of peppers… I’ll never forget this for several reasons!

  3. 4

    Katrina says

    My favorite bean recipe is pretty simple. It’s just roasted garbanzo beans with some chili powder as a spice. A simple way to get some good nutrients!

  4. 6

    Teri says

    Chili. I love Chili. I could easily eat the whole pot so I only make it when I have people to share it with.

  5. 10

    LisaW says

    I love ham and bean soup. I really love baked beans (when I make them). I also love black bean salsa. Oh and my current go-to recipe is a quinoa and black bean salad. How about I pick 4. Is that ok?

  6. 11

    Patty says

    That salad looks and sounds delicious!
    I love using beans (Bush’s, in fact) to make my own hummus.

  7. 12

    Daryl Callahan says

    I love them baked with brown suga rand bacon Simple yet delicious.
    The longer you bake, the better it tastes.

  8. 13

    SMITH BITES says

    so pretty and love the addition of the pomegranate seeds for that extra crunch factor! of course we love chili, but black bean soup is also a favorite!

  9. 14


    I make a salsa that we call cowboy salsa that my entire family just loves! It’s got black beans, corn, tomatoes, and some spices and is soooooo good!

  10. 15

    Sharlene says

    My mom’s name is Gigi so I obviously already love this salad. My favorite thing to do with beans? My sweet potato black bean soup. It’s spiced with cumin, curry powder, and chili powder, and it’s beyond perfect for a quick weeknight meal that warms you right up!

  11. 16

    Steph W. says

    My favorite bean is the garbanzo, so most of my favorite recipes come from those. I am on a bit of an indian kick right now, so I’m loving fried garbanzos as someone above said, you just load them up with chili powder, salt, pepper, and some garlic and we’re off! But I also love them in hummus, salads, and curries with lots of garden fresh veggies over rice. Soooo amazing. Guess I’m with Lisa…who could pick just ONE?

  12. 19


    Love the combination of cannelinis and pomegranate seeds! Looks like a really healthy, satisfying salad! And so pretty :)

  13. 20

    lsso says

    I love black beans. Bush’s has a salad with corn, peppers and tortilla strips on top its a hit everytime!

  14. 24

    Wenderly says

    Breathtakingly beautiful Amy! My fav bean recipe is…oh heavens this is a toughie…how can I pick just one? Oh, o.k.- black bean salsa! (and about a thousand others!)

  15. 25

    Tickled Red says

    Let’s see, cannellini beans, pomegranate seeds and I’m pretty sure I saw a shrimp up there. Sold!! Sign me up for Gigi Salad darlin’

  16. 26

    Deborah says

    Hard to pick a favorite. I love chili with beans in it, beans and cornbread as a meal and also love black bean and rice soup.

  17. 27

    Judy says

    I have never liked beans before but I have tried the baked beans and found that I do like them when they are a little bit sweet.

  18. 28

    Kathleen says

    I uses Black beans to make black beans and rice. Add a little adobo and they are delicious :)

  19. 29


    I love beans. One of my favorite is very simple yet good! Black bean soft tacos!!!
    1 can black beans undrained
    1 can corn undrained
    1 package of taco seasoning
    2 chicken breast cooked and shredded.
    Put all in a pan and cook for 20 minutes or until beans are soft and flavors have mixed. Serve on a tortilla with your favorite toppings!!

  20. 30

    Margie Huddleston says

    My favorite, yet strangest recipe with beans is the black bean brownies. Found it through the Whole Foods website. THE BEST brownies on earth!

  21. 34

    Larie Anne says

    My favorite bean recipe is pinto beans slow-cooked with salt pork, chopped tomatoes, and green chilies. Pour all that loveliness over hot-water cornbread and I am in heaven!

  22. 35

    RachelAnn says

    My favorite is my Husbands doctored beans. He takes a can of Bush’s beans and adds some barbeque sauce, bacon, brown sugar, mustard and other stuff. YUM! It is the best!

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    Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food says

    Pretty, easy, and luckily I’ve already got all of the ingredients (aside from the heart of palm) either in my kitchen or garden. I’m always on the lookout for seasonally appropriate salad recipes, and this one is just ideal for fall!

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