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Bush’s Mediterranean Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Garbanzo Beans

I’m all about quick and easy right now when it comes to dinner time (I don’t have to mention healthy right?). This salad, inspired by this recipe from my friends at Bush’s Beans, fit into our dinner plan perfectly this week.

The shrimp and beans easily turned this salad into a “real” meal. I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer and beans in the pantry are just a given. After a quick defrost (I put the shrimp in a colander and run it under cool water in the sink for a few minutes), they literally cook up in just a few short minutes. I made things even easier on myself with this salad by cooking the shrimp earlier in the day and keeping them in the fridge until I was ready to make our salad at dinner time.


I have to be honest, I was afraid my husband wouldn’t be satisfied with just a salad for dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised – he loved it and was full of compliments. The garbanzo beans and extra veggies really bulked it up and we happily ate it all – and felt great afterwards. The recipe as written can make 4 small portions, or 2 bigger salads that were perfect for 2 hungry people at dinner.

Healthy + easy + quick = Winner!

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Bush's Mediterranean Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Garbanzo Beans

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz can BUSH'S Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Caesar dressing (I like Bolthouse brand to keep things light)
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, cut or torn into pieces
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and quartered
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, add oil. Pat dry shrimp and season liberally on both sides with lemon pepper seasoning. Add shrimp to pan and cook until pink, about 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  2. Prepare salad in large bowl by adding romaine, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Pour salad dressing and gently toss to coat. Divide onto salad plates or bowls and top with cooked shrimp. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.

A simple, yet satisfying, dinner salad perfect for busy weeknights. Recipe adapted from BUSH'S Beans.

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27 Responses to “Bush’s Mediterranean Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Garbanzo Beans”

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks posted August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This is my kind of salad! I love the combination of shrimp with garbanzo beans.

  2. Janet K posted August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I think this will be tonight’s supper! Thanks for a great idea, and I have all the ingredients already!!

  3. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted August 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Refreshing, Aggie. I always love your salads, and opening a can of Bush’s Beans! 🙂

  4. Angie posted August 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    This looks like a perfect healthy dinner. Oh, I ran out of Bush’s Grillin’ Beans the other day (I usually have stock), and my family, especially my son was really upset I was out of beans. They are so good!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      awww, too cute that he got upset. That’s a huge compliment to Bush’s! 🙂

  5. Erica posted August 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I’m a caesar salad fantatic (although I usually opt for a different dressing…I guess that makes it not caesar. Fun add ins here for sure. Yayy for quick, healthy meals!

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) posted August 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    PINNING THIS immediately…i love garbanzo beans and shrimp together!

  7. Rachel posted August 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of Ceasar dressing, but I would love to try your salad! Looks delicious!

  8. Barbie posted August 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    This looks really good. I am looking for some good salad recipes, and I love shrimp. I am going to pin this and make it later!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Barbie! I know what you mean…I’m always looking for good stand by salad recipes. Hope you have a great week!

  9. Minnie(@thelady8home) posted August 25, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Looks really yummy. And with those shrimps, mouthwatering!!!!!

  10. Amy (Savory Moments) posted August 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I absolutely love Caeser salad – this looks like a great way to change it up a little!

  11. bellini posted August 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Such a refreshing salad Aggie.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Val! Hope you are well!

  12. Jen @ Savory Simple posted August 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I love garbanzo beans! This is my kind of salad.

  13. Kristen posted August 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I am dying – that looks like such a great salad recipe. YUM!

  14. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted August 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Never thought of adding beans to a caesar salad, but this is totally gorgeous and my mouth is watering!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Milisa, the beans add nice texture to the salad, and bulks it up in a good way 🙂

  15. Danijela posted August 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I saw a tweet to your recipe, and it did sound good. But it looks even better. So delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you!! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  16. Kristi Rimkus posted August 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Great idea to add lemon pepper to the seasonings. It’s a staple I often forget about. This salad would be terrific for a work day lunch. You could put everything but the dressing together and add the dressing when you’re ready to eat.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      yes! It would make a great lunch…I have to think to make some shrimp ahead of time and just assemble throughout the week. The lemon pepper adds such a nice zing to the shrimp. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  17. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted August 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

    This looks amazing, Aggie! So delicious!

  18. Paula - bell'alimento posted August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Love all your bean recipes Aggie!

  19. leslie posted August 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I used to hate garbanzo beans…now I cant get enough!!! Love the salad!

  20. Cassie posted August 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’m all about quick and easy every day! I love garbanzo beans too, we add them to lots of salads. This shrimp sounds perfect too!!

  21. Bree posted August 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I saw this on your fb page–looks fabulous for a hot summer day!

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