Pea Shoot Salad with Fava Beans

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Author Notes: Pea shoots are the perfect starting point for a salad that absolutely celebrates spring. Fava beans, radishes, avocado and almonds give depth, texture and contrast to this bright salad.theyearinfood

Serves 4

  • 4 ounces pea shoots (not to be confused with pea sprouts)
  • 1 pound fava beans, shelled
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 avocado, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • salt + freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Blanch the favas for no more than two minutes. Place them in an ice bath. When cool, remove the inner shell by either popping the bean out with your fingers or using a paring knife. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss the pea shoots, radishes and slivered almonds with the dressing. Divide salad among four plates. Top each plate with a quarter of the fava beans and a quarter of the avocado. Serve and enjoy!

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3 months ago Megan Town

Excellent salad! I ran a knife through my pea shoots to make them into more edible bites. Other than that, I'd leave the recipe 100% as is. Can't wait to make it again!


over 4 years ago gourmettenyc

Beautiful! And, some of my favorite ingredients - pea shoots, avocado, fava beans...yum.


over 4 years ago cheese1227

Looks fabulous!


over 4 years ago vvvanessa

this salad sounds and looks delicious!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

It is, it is!


over 4 years ago Midge

What a stunning salad!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

Oh, thanks, Midge!


over 4 years ago Happyolks

I should have known this was yours by the picture! Beautiful composition, and such a light and refreshing recipe!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

Thanks! I feel the same about your image. There's a definite aesthetic. :)


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This looks like spring on a plate! Love!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

Indeed! Thank you!


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I tried pea shoots for the first time last spring when they were included in my CSA boxes. I love them!! I'll definitely be trying your salad with them!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

It's such a great vehicle for them! Enjoy. :)


over 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh I love pea shoots! This looks and sounds amazing!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

Aren't they the best? So fleeting.