Spring Gigante Bean Stew  

Adapted from José Andrés’ highly anticipated new cookbook Zaytinya, this delicious Gigante Bean Stew is the perfect dish to celebrate the start of spring and all the incredible, refreshing flavors that come with it.

COOK TIME: 1.5 - 2 hours

Paired with fresh dill, basil, zesty sun-dried tomatoes, and a homemade ladolemono dressing, our SIMPLi Regenerative Organic Certified® Gigante Beans take center stage and bring this entire dish together, creating a hearty but nutritious dish that evokes the senses and satisfies your palate to the last spoonful. The ladolemono dressing, made with fresh lemon juice and SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil, creates a creamy, rich, and flavorful base to the dish. From the first bite to the last, you’ll be transported to the Greek isles, as this dish perfectly encapsulates all the incredible flavors that the Mediterranean has to offer.

Whether enjoyed as an easy weeknight dinner or side dish for a spring picnic or family gathering, this Gigante Bean Stew is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed, awakened, and renewed, ready to shed that winter coat and spring into the spring season!

Ladolemono Dressing 



  1. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oregano, garlic, SIMPLi Peruvian Pink Salt, & black pepper. Let sit for a few minutes.

  2. Then, while whisking constantly, slowly pour in the SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  3. Whisk thoroughly for 1 – 2 minutes or until well mixed.

  4. Let the dressing marinate and sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.










Gigante Bean Stew 


  • 1 bag SIMPLi Regenerative Organic Certified® Gigante Beans

  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered

  • 1 gold potato, peeled and quartered

  • SIMPLi Peruvian Pink Salt

  • 2 tablespoons SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus extra for drizzling

  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced

  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

  • 5 large kale leaves, washed, stemmed, and chopped

  • 12 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

  • ½ cup ladolemono dressing

  • ½ bunch fresh dill, chopped

  • 1 cup of basil leaves, torn


  1. Prepare the SIMPLi Regenerative Organic Certified® Gigante Beans according to the package. For this recipe, we recommend soaking overnight in a bowl of cold water. For other helpful cooking and prep tips for our dried beans, check out our comprehensive cooking guide.

  2. When ready to cook, bring the beans to a boil and add the quartered yellow onion and gold potato to the water. Add a bit more water to ensure that ingredients are fully submerged. Let cook for about 1.5 hours (or until beans are tender).

  3. Once beans are finished cooking, remove the potato and onion using tongs and place into a separate bowl. Add a few pinches of SIMPLi Peruvian Pink Salt to the beans and their liquid. Set aside and cool (do not drain).

  4. In a separate pan, warm 2 tbsp of SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sliced red onion. Sauté until browned (about 7 minutes).

  5. Add the chopped kale and chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cook until the kale starts to wilt, about 2 minutes.

  6. Add the beans and about ½ cup of the bean liquid to the pan and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook the kale and sun-dried tomatoes with the beans for about 3 - 5 more minutes.

  7. Stir in ½ cup ladolemono dressing, half of the chopped dill and the torn basil leaves. Season with SIMPLi Peruvian Pink Salt and freshly cracked pepper. Stir in another tbsp or two of the reserved bean liquid to keep the dish slightly soupy.

  8. Serve in a bowl, and drizzle SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top. Top with a few sprigs of fresh basil and dill. We also added the leftover potatoes for added heartiness!

Although this recipe is classified as a “Winter Bean Stew” in José Andrés’ cookbook, we found it to be quite versatile! Be it rosemary, thyme, basil, or dill, with just the simple addition of a new herb or an extra squeeze of lemon juice, this dish can transform into a meal to suit the changing of seasons and the flavors that come with it. This dish is a true ode to the joys of cooking with seasonal, fresh, and high-quality ingredients - the result is always a culinary masterpiece and adventure.

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