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What accompanies fava beans well in a salad?

I bought fava beans at the market -- along with fennel, sugar snap peas, asparagus, radishes and kale. I wonder if any of you have suggestions for a light salad featuring fava beans. I don't want to get too crazy! I was going to make a lemony basil vinaigrette...

asked by Natalie over 2 years ago

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added over 2 years ago

Or would you say they go best with grains like noodles or quinoa? I've never cooked with them but they are just so pretty!

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added over 2 years ago

Fava beans to me are a relatively "rich" salad ingredient so I like to pair them with things that are acidic and bitter like arugula, shaved brussels sprouts, celery greens, fennel, radish, citrus, etc...and since they're soft in texture, I like to include veggies and ingredients with texture such as pear/green apple, pine nuts, slivered almonds, pistachios, black sesame. A zingy dressing doesn't hurt either, but I would go light since favas are so delicate.

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Nancy

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added over 2 years ago

agreed. a few more suggestions: dill, parsley, fresh young onions (scallion, spring, shallot), cumin &/or cilantro - if you like them (people seem to be strongly for or against), artichoke hearts (cooked and/or marinated), eggplant fried & drained (cubes or slices).

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added over 2 years ago

For something a little different, the fava beans reminded me of a light succotash that I saw on Mind of a Chef. It looks a little daunting, but none of the ingredients are obligatory. Substitute or subtract whatever you like, but the concept is to lightly cook so everything remains fresh.

http://foodthinkers.com...

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added over 2 years ago

Fava beans + avocado + kumquats + radishes + olive oil + sea salt. Spring salad feast.

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Fava Beans, Roma Tomato (diced), Sharp Cheddar (micro-diced), Ciabatta Croutons (dice bread and toast in pan with butter or ghee, and salt), fresh Mint & Thyme in a Honey vinaigrette.

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added over 2 years ago

Awesome, thanks for all of the ideas!

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