Lemony Mixed Greens with Fava Beans and Mint

fava green saladIt was tempting to fiddle with this salad, but I am happy I didn’t. The beauty of this plate of greens is its simplicity. Bright fava beans, mint, spring greens and napped with lemon and olive oil. Favas are a bit of work to prepare, but well worth the effort. A good idea is to prep more than you need, then freeze the leftovers for easy use later. Feel free to mix the greens to your liking. Peppery arugula is a must, on its own or combined with mizuna, baby spinach, watercress – they all work. If you can get your hands on fresh chervil, that will add nice flavor as well.

Lemony Mixed Greens with Fava Beans and Mint
Serves 3 to 4

1 pound fava beans in the pod
5 ounces (about 5 cups) mixed greens
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, shredded
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Shuck the fava beans. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the beans and blanch until bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water. When cool enough to handle, remove the shells.
2. Whisk the olive oil,  lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt in a small bowl.
3. Combine the fava beans, greens and mint in the salad bowl. Drizzle with half of the dressing and toss to coat. Add more dressing to taste. Scatter the cheese over the salad and garnish with freshly ground black pepper.

7 responses to “Lemony Mixed Greens with Fava Beans and Mint

  1. I have the most divine selection of greens in the gardens at the moment. this cool weather! Must get some fava beans.. thank you darling.. c

  2. Fresh, healthy and scrumptious! A wonderful combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Oooh that looks delicious! I love fava beans, they’re so nutritious and tasty. Love the lemon flavors too! :)

  4. Looks worthy of a fine restaurant!

  5. I’m enamored of the bright fresh flavors in the Lemony Mixed Greens with Fava Beans and Mint. A compelling recipe that captures the essence the transition from spring to summer.

  6. This is a lovely, light recipe. I adore fava beans and now that we in we northeast can get them pre made and fresh ( as well as the old fashioned frozen) it’s fast and easy work. REALLY delicious, lynda. Made it for lunch in the test kitchen and we loved it.

  7. I’m with you….often times less IS more!

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