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Post Vacation Eatin’: Veggie Cobb Salad with Bush’s Red Kidney Beans

My family and I just got back from spending a glorious week at the beach. We rented a place in Sanibel Island, a tiny little piece of land surrounded by water off the coast of southwest Florida.

Paradise I call it.

I woke in the mornings to read with a cup of coffee on the porch looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico.


I drank Corona Lights in the afternoon with my toes in the sand while the fam played.


I explored the beach and played with nature.


And I ate. I ate a lot. I ate seafood. 4 nights of fresh grouper to be exact (blackened, mesquite grilled, battered and fried in tacos, walnut crusted) …and 1 night of Gulf shrimp and red snapper. Oh yea, I got my fill of some pretty darn good seafood last week. I honestly don’t think I can ever get enough.

Along with all that goodness of seafood came lots of fries, chips, ice cream, key lime pie, Bloody Mary’s, wine, more beer and oh did I mention chips? (Chips and the beach always go hand in hand with me for some reason). People, we’re talking vacation eating at its best.

So now that I’m home, back to the reality of snug clothing, I am craving nothing but this:

I’m craving big honkin’ salads. With no skimping on the veggies. Yep, lots of good stuff – pretty much everything I need – going on in this bowl of goodness.

I’ll be eating this exact salad for the next few days while I try to catch up on real life – lucky for me, after a Sunday morning grocery trip and a lot of chopping today, my fridge is like a salad bar just waiting for me to dig in. And the best part is there is absolutely no ‘cooking’ – unless you call opening a can of beans cooking – involved so that makes it all the better in my book.

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Veggie Cobb Salad with Bush's Red Kidney Beans


  • Romaine, chopped
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Tomato, chopped
  • Broccoli Florets, chopped
  • Cauliflower Florets, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of Bush's Best Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • hard boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/2 Hass avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • couple splashes of red wine vinegar
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • drizzle of ranch dressing, optional


  1. Build your salad in a large bowl or plate starting with a layer of romaine. Top with shredded carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, kidney beans, egg, avocado and crumbled blue cheese. Dress with a few splashes of red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Drizzle broccoli and cauliflower with ranch dressing if desired.

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Panama Jack and Panama Jane say  “have a great week”!


(Disclosure:  I have a working relationship with Bush’s Beans where I create recipes using their beans.)

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36 comments on “Post Vacation Eatin’: Veggie Cobb Salad with Bush’s Red Kidney Beans”

  1. Sounds like a heavenly vacation and worth a few extra pounds when you return. I’m glad you had a good time and this salad looks like the perfect lunch after a few days of fun.

  2. Glad you had a great vacation Aggie! I know what you mean about getting back on track with the clean eating. We just got back last week, and it’s funny how much I was craving fresh veggies and fruit. I couldn’t wait to clean out my fridge and get it all stocked again. Mmm….

  3. Sanibel is definitely a peace of heaven! Love that island. Your salad looks amazing…thanks for sharing your wonderful vacation pics!

    • Gosh isn’t it? I’m just in awe of it’s beauty every time I visit. Summer is ‘off’ season so it’s quiet on the island…not sure if I would like it as much when it’s busy during the winter! I hear it gets packed!

  4. Wow looks yummy! Kidney bans are my fav and even I posted a recipe on the same yesterday.

    • I really enjoy kidney beans too, I’ll have to pop over and check out your recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Such great pictures! What a trip! Salads like this one are perfect after vacation. Yayy for veggies and beans!

    • Yes, salads seem to be a must after vacation. We brought a lot of our own food to the condo, but eating out day after day had me craving fresh food from home if you know what I mean! I missed my veggies!

  6. I LOVE the look of this! So healthy and simple – perfect summer salad!!

  7. What a wonderful vacation! All that fresh seafood sounds amazing. I love visiting places near the ocean. Your salad looks very fresh and yummy!

  8. I am so ready for the beach! Great pictures you took! Looks like you had a fabulous time! Good for you!! Fresh seafood makes me happy to. Enjoy your beautiful salads! 🙂

  9. It sounds as if you had a great vacation. We’re headed to the beach next week. I love a good salad to get myself back on track!

  10. I loved seeing your Instagram pictures of your vacation! And, this salad looks like pure summer perfection in a bowl. Yummy!

  11. Wow – that does look like paradise!!!

    And this cobb salad looks beautiful. 🙂 Welcome home!

  12. I just got back from vacation and I the snug clothing thing is no bueno. This salad looks like perfection!

  13. Aggie, this looks so yummy! I love Cobb Salad and never thought to add kidney beans. Yum! Love the vacation pics, esp. the last one of your kiddos. Glad you had a wonderful time! xo

  14. OMG, your kids crack me up! Looks like a good time was had by all. It’s hard to come back to reality sometimes after vacation. That salad looks fantastic…I’m already fantasizing about a vegan version…

  15. Wow, that looks like so much fun! We have to go there too one of these days. There’s so many beautiful places to explore in Florida

  16. That salad looks delicious. Sanibel is my favorite place in Florida! My in-laws go every year for a few months. I can’t wait until February when I have some time off to join them!

  17. You are my salad idol! You always make the BEST salads…. this one included. If we were neighbors I would always find an excuse to make my way to your house around lunchtime with hopes of an invite to stay for salad. 🙂 Looks DELISH!!!

  18. Oh, man. This is totally my kind of salad!

  19. I SO need that vacation right now. The beach and food…perfect! Love this salad! You don’t feel deprived when there are beans and blue cheese involved.

  20. Does look like paradise (jealous!)

  21. Glad you enjoyed your vacation! We missed you at Evo:( Love the salad!

  22. I’ll definitely be trying your salad Aggie! Looks awesome.

  23. I want this salad while on your vacation!! Ha-ha…it looks most awesome and is what I love to eat!!!

  24. I’m vacationing with YOU next time!

    We are huge Bush’s Beans fans and they make your salad look sensational.

  25. I love a nice packed salad. It’s perfect for summer. Plus your vacation looks great. My mom lives near Sanibel Island (she lives in Cape Coral) and I remember going there in the summer when I would visit. It had the best beaches!

  26. Hi! I love your food blog! I am absolutly am in love with your recipes! I’m pretty sure I’ve made almost half of your recipes, and not one has failed me yet. Thank you soooo much for having such a dependable food blog! i was wondering if you could look at my food blog. I just created it, so It’s not very good, or developed, but if you could look at it, it would be nice. The address is below:
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  27. Just found your site. Everything looks yummy.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your stay here in Lee County, Florida. I live here in Fort Myers and you are correct, the whole area is packed during season.

  28. So happy you had a nice vacation and I love this salad…I need to make more salads with beans and you have inspired me!

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