Gigi Salad and Bush’s Beans Giveaway

While I was  in Napa with Bush’s Beans for a day of Flavors from Around the World cooking at the CIA, Connie Guttersen shared her culinary expertise and dietary knowledge by showing us how we can  build flavors around the goodness of beans with a salad.

A tasty and tangy salad that would definitely make a beautiful presentation at any holiday table!

Did you know that beans are one of nature’s healthiest foods?!  – they are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and provide important nutrients such as fiber, protein, calcium, iron,
folic acid and potassium. And according to the Mayo Clinic, beans are packed with phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer? Yep!! just one more great reason to add more beans to your diet!

We got to enjoy this salad for lunch, and let me tell you………….it’s even MORE delicious than it is GORGEOUS!!

BUSH’S Gigi Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe

Yield: 4-5

BUSH’S Gigi Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe

created for Bush’s Beans by Connie Guttersen, PhD, RD author of “The Sonoma Diet” and “The Sonoma Diet Cookbook”


    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
  • 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


    Citrus Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk (or in a mason jar and shake). Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Salad
  3. Combine hearts of palm, orange, jicama and cooked shrimp in large bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Dress salad with 4 tablespoons of citrus dressing.
  5. Gently mix in pomegranate seeds, avocados, scallions, lettuce and beans.
  6. Taste for salt and pepper and additional dressing.
  7. Garnish with toasted almonds.

TidyMom Giveaway

**This giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to #25 Gailanne!



Bush’s Beans has provided some kitchen goodies for one (1) TidyMom winner

  • 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

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1. Visit Bush’s Beans and leave a comment here, telling me what your favorite beans are and how you like to use them

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Giveaway will end on Dec 9, 2010 at 5 pm CST.  One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using I will email the winners and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.


All photography in this post provided by Faith Ectermeyer.

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