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One great way to enjoy fava beans is in this healthy spring inspired fresh fava bean and parmesan salad, which is tossed lightly with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Simple, but oh so good! | justalittlebitofbacon.com
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Fresh Fava Bean and Parmesan Salad

One great way to enjoy fava beans is in this healthy spring inspired fresh fava bean and parmesan salad, which is tossed lightly with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Simple, but oh so good!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 250kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fava beans in their pods
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove and set up a bowl of ice water. While you are waiting for the water to boil, split open the fava bean pods and free the fava beans from the pods.
  • Cook the fava beans for 2 minutes; then drain and put them in the ice water to cool. Once cool, slip the fava beans from their skins by pinching them a little bit to get the skin to split open. If the skins aren't breaking open easily for you, slit the skins with a paring knife as needed.
  • Gently toss the fava beans with olive oil. Then shave parmesan cheese over the top with a vegetable peeler. Sprinkle on the kosher salt (or some nice sea salt) and pepper. Finally, squeeze just a bit of lemon juice over it all.

Notes

One pound of fava beans sounds like a lot for two, but favas have giant, puffy pods so most of that is pod not bean. You will get two smallish servings from a pound of pods.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal