I was wandering about in Whole Foods yesterday and all of a sudden my eye fell upon…fresh fava beans! Now, you may recall that in my Succotash post I was lamenting my inability to locate fresh fava beans and there they were. I promptly scooped a bunch into a bag and hurried home with my prize. I had previously seen a recipe for a salad with Fava beans in Nigel Slater’s cookbook, Tender Vol. I.  I decided that it would be the perfect use for my fresh fava beans.

 ingredients

250 g Fresh Fava Beans
400 g Peas
Salad Greens & Frisee
mint leaves
Ciabatta
4 tbsp Olive Oil plus more for drizzling
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Grated Parmesan
A few rashers of Bacon
1 Lemon

 

fava bean scale

Start off by putting a pot of salted water to boil. While that is heating, shell and peel the fava beans (they’re much easier to peel if you soak the beans in boiling water for 5 minutes after shelling them, but before peeling). Cook the fava beans and then the peas until tender. Drain the water and rinse the beans/peas with cold water.

 

bacon

While those are cooking, you can cook the bacon!

 

 

 

dressing

In a small bowl, squeeze out the lemon juice and dissolve a pinch of salt in the juice. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a grate of pepper and whisk until well combined.

 

 

 

bread squares

Slice the bread and toast it. After it’s toasted, cut it into squares and drizzle with olive oil and salt.

Combined the salad and mint and toss with the dressing. The add the beans, peas and bacon. Finish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a few pieces of bread.  Bon Appetit!

 


Salad with Fava Beans and Peas
 
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Ingredients
  • 250 g Fresh Fava Beans
  • 400 g Peas
  • Salad Greens & Frisee
  • mint leaves
  • Ciabatta
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan
  • A few rashers of Bacon
  • 1 Lemon
Instructions
  1. Start off by putting a pot of salted water to boil. While that is heating, shell and peel the fava beans (they're much easier to peel if you soak the beans in boiling water for 5 minutes after shelling them, but before peeling). Cook the fava beans and then the peas until tender. Drain the water and rinse the beans/peas with cold water.
  2. While those are cooking, you can cook the bacon!
  3. In a small bowl, squeeze out the lemon juice and dissolve a pinch of salt in the juice. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a grate of pepper and whisk until well combined.
  4. Slice the bread and toast it. After it's toasted, cut it into squares and drizzle with olive oil and salt.
  5. Combined the salad and mint and toss with the dressing. The add the beans, peas and bacon. Finish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a few pieces of bread. Bon Appetit!