Sandy’s Bush’s Summer Bean Salad: Western Party!

I promised I would share my Summer Bean Salad recipe served at the closing event Saturday night at the EVO ’10 conference. But first of all, when Bush’s Beans told us that it was a western themed dinner, I was like … really? I have to dress up? But they made it fun for all.

With the guys who greeted all 500 guests.

A fabulous idea – photo booth and dress up.

Little ones enjoying themselves.

And the big ones, too. (Ally on the left – love her!)

Rides and adventure.



Thrill and adrenalin high.

Fun with my baby (Abby).

And then there was the food. A Western barbeque which included my Bush’s Summer Bean Salad!

I’m happy to share the recipe, adapted from a recipe in my new book, The Reluctant Entertainer. Oh, Yum! Here’s a peek at me and Aggie checking out our dishes before the guests arrived. (Aggie’s Garbanzo Bean and Wild Rice Salad was also featured.) Amy and Tina had recipes featured throughout the conference, too.

Sandy’s Summer Bean Salad
Serves: 10; Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cans Bush’s Black Beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans Bush’s Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans Bush’s Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chopped green chilies, do not drain
1 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1-2 avocados, chopped (optional)

Dressing:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin

Method:
1. In a large bowl, mix the above ingredients together.
2. To make the dressing, mix the ingredients together in a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil, then removed from heat and cool.
3. Pour dressing over the bean mixture and toss.

And enjoy!

If you’re free to join the GNO (Girls Night Out) on Twitter tonight, it will be fun! The Bush’s Beans team and the 4 Team Bloggers are going to be chatting about summer cooking, entertaining, 4th of July, recipes, and there’s even a $300 giveaway that you can be a part of! Hope you can join in on the fun …

(Thank you, Kristen, for the use of a few of your photos!)

20 comments on “Sandy’s Bush’s Summer Bean Salad: Western Party!”

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  2. Tried the bean salad and loved it! Thanks a million.

  3. It was so much fun hosting the closing party at Park City Mountain Resort. Your photos from the party are almost as fabulous as your salad. Delicious!

    Great meeting you. Come back and visit us soon!

    Krista Parry
    Park City Mountain Resort

  4. Woot! Great post – and people have been looking for copies of that recipe so I will point them here! :D

  5. Those salads we so so good.
    I loved that closing party. Your pictures are GREAT!

  6. Sandy, I cann’t wait to try out this receipe this weekend. Question; can i use balasmic vinger or regular vinger….not sure what the difference is from rice vinger ?

  7. Sandy, that looks like so much fun!!

  8. Oh what fun that was! Bush’s knows how to throw a party, don’t they? I would say the closing event was the highlight to a perfect weekend!

  9. Your salad was absolutely delish! I was asking Bush Beans for the recipe on their facebook page and they said I’d have to wait. I’m so glad you posted it! I can’t wait to make it for my family! YUM!

  10. I posted one of my fav. recipes using bushs beans on my website http://www.crackersinmycleavage.com. It’s a tropical salad!

  11. Well what fun that looks like! The recipe sounds yummy. Congrats on your beautiful book!

  12. Oh, yum!! This looks absolutely wonderful–I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Now when exactly is your book going to be available? And what’s the best way for me to purchase it? Do you want me to ask for it at a local retailer, or order from Amazon, or order directly from you, or what? Is there a method of purchase that would be most beneficial for you? I’m really, really looking forward to having a copy in my hands!

  13. Who thought you could use Bush’s Beans is so many great way! I have to try that Summer bean salad. I would really love to win that Bush’s Beans Give a Way too!

  14. Sandy – I’m looking forward to trying this at our summer gatherings. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. That salad was awesome Sandy! I loved it over my green salad for protein, it was perfect! Bush’s is not only a great bean, they are great people! Ditto to Sheri and Kim!

  16. Yummy! Looks really good. I may have to try it!!

  17. I loved your salad! It was fantastic. I had a great time at the party with you! What a fun night!

  18. That was some tasty grub Sandy! Can’t wait to make it for my posse.

  19. I have to tell you, ditto on Kim’s remark above. I am usually not selective on the canned beans i buy. like never. but when i see a company having fun – really having fun with their brand – i’m a sucker. Maybe because i’m still in the corporate world and push products to the shelf myself – that i want everyone to LOVE their own product? Great posts – i’ve enjoyed them!

  20. I just think it’s so cool that Busch does all that for you all. It looks like such a fun time. I may have to make that recipe for our upcoming BBQ.
    HUGS!

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