Pea Shoot Salad with Fava Beans

May  7, 2011
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  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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15 Reviews

Megan T. June 15, 2015
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!
gourmettenyc May 22, 2011
Beautiful! And, some of my favorite ingredients - pea shoots, avocado, fava beans...yum.
cheese1227 May 11, 2011
Looks fabulous!
vvvanessa May 10, 2011
this salad sounds and looks delicious!
theyearinfood May 10, 2011
It is, it is!
Midge May 8, 2011
What a stunning salad!
theyearinfood May 10, 2011
Oh, thanks, Midge!
Happyolks May 8, 2011
I should have known this was yours by the picture! Beautiful composition, and such a light and refreshing recipe!
theyearinfood May 10, 2011
Thanks! I feel the same about your image. There's a definite aesthetic. :)
hardlikearmour May 7, 2011
This looks like spring on a plate! Love!
theyearinfood May 7, 2011
Indeed! Thank you!
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!
theyearinfood May 7, 2011
It's such a great vehicle for them! Enjoy. :)
inpatskitchen May 7, 2011
Oh I love pea shoots! This looks and sounds amazing!
theyearinfood May 7, 2011
Aren't they the best? So fleeting.