Fava Bean Salad - Instructions
Fava beans need to be shelled twice, first before cooking to remove the outer pod, then after cooking,
to remove the tough membrane around the bean. To remove the outer pod, work over a large bowl and
squeeze the bean with your fingers, bending the pod so that when it snaps, the bean inside shoots out
into the bowl. Remove all the beans from their pods.
Add the beans to 2 quarts of boiling, salted water. Simmer the beans for a few minutes, until just
tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove the beans from the pan and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop
the cooking, and to shock the beans into a bright green color. Let the beans sit in the ice water for a
minute or two, then drain them and remove the outer peel.
In a bowl combine the freshly peeled and cooked fava beans, the sliced fennel, and onions. Drizzle extra
virgin olive oil over the mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Squeeze some lemon
juice over the salad (about a tablespoon), add the Parmesan and mint, and toss to mix. Garnish with
fennel fronds and/or mint sprigs.
Yield: Serves 4.