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How to Make Fava Bean Salad

Fava beans are a healthy and delicious source of protein and fiber. Use fresh fava beans in this simple salad as a tasty spring-time treat.


  • Step 1: Add ice water to bowl; boil water in pot Fill a large mixing bowl with ice and water and set aside. Add water to a large pot and bring it to a boil on the stove over medium-high heat.
  • Step 2: Boil beans 2-4 minutes; transfer to ice water Add the fava beans to the boiling water, and cook for two to four minutes, or until tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans to the bowl of ice water, and let them cool completely.
  • TIP: Buy the freshest fava beans in the spring, when they are young and tender.
  • Step 3: Drain beans; remove outer shells Drain the beans in a colander and remove the outer shells. Place the shelled beans in a medium mixing bowl, and set aside.
  • Step 4: Combine lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl to make a vinaigrette. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 5: Mix beans and vinaigrette Pour the vinaigrette into the medium bowl with the beans, and mix well.
  • TIP: Add other diced vegetables to the salad. Toss in cucumbers, onions, or corn for added nutrition and flavor.
  • Step 6: Add cheese and parsley Stir in the cheese and sprinkle the salad with fresh parsley. Serve with a sliced baguette or with roasted chicken for a tasty spring-time meal.
  • FACT: China produces about 60 percent of the world's fava beans.

You Will Need

  • 4 c. shucked fresh fava beans
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 lb. thinly shaved Manchego cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Sliced baguette or with roasted chicken
  • Diced cucumbers
  • onions
  • or corn (optional)

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