Fava Bean Salad

20130414-212305.jpgI posted about fava beans before.  Prepping them is a little labor intensive but they are so, so good, and this salad, pinned from Whole Living, is just dynamite –  bright, fresh and full of spring.  I made it last night with Bouchons au Thon and roasted potatoes and there wasn’t a scrap left.

I used my own vinaigrette instead of the garlicky dressing shown below, although it does sound delicious.  And I had no feta cheese; I had crumbled goat cheese but I’m the only one who likes it, so it ended up being cheeseless.

Fava Bean Salad (with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette)

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 head garlic, 1/2 inch cut off top to reveal cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup (2 ounces) walnuts, toasted and chopped

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 pound shucked fresh fava beans (from 3 pounds pods; 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn)
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Make the vinaigrette: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle garlic with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap in parchment, then in foil. Bake until soft, about 30 minutes. Squeeze garlic from skins. Mash until smooth.

Whisk together the remaining ingredients with 1 tablespoon of the roasted garlic and remaining 2 teaspoons oil.

20130414-212248.jpgMake the salad: Prepare an ice-water bath. Cook beans in a large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to ice-water bath. Let cool completely, and remove with the slotted spoon. Cook corn in same pot for 1 minute, and drain in a colander. Peel thin shells off beans.

Toss cucumber, onion, parsley, feta, beans, and corn with the vinaigrette.

Serve.

With a nice chiaaaaaaanti.

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