Fava Bean Salad Recipe

This fava bean salad recipe calls for walnuts and pears and is a fresh harbinger of spring. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fava beans, in their pods
  • 2 tablespoons mint, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pancetta, diced into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely crushed by hand
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 asian pear

Directions

  1. Bring a small (1- to 2-quart) saucepan of water to a boil as you remove the fava beans from their pods. Blanch the beans by dropping them into the boiling water and cooking for 1-2 minutes, just enough to loosen the tough skins.
  2. Fill a small bowl with ice water. Scoop the favas out of the boiling water with a metal skimmer or strainer and drop into the ice water to "shock" them and stop the cooking process. Peel the tough skins off each bean, reserving the tender inner beans and tossing the peeled skins.
  3. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the mint, the minced shallot, and the vinegar together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside, allowing the vinegar to soften and mellow the flavor of the shallots.
  4. Heat the guanciale in a medium (10-inch) skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 7-10 minutes as the pork renders its fat. When the pork is opaque and crisp, add the walnuts and cook, stirring, for about 3-5 minutes more to toast the walnuts.
  5. Add the reserved fava beans and the remaining tablespoon of the mint and cook for about a minute more. Remove from the heat.
  6. Whisk the olive oil into the reserved vinegar mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Scrape the favas, walnuts, and guanciale into a bowl and add the diced pear. Toss with the dressing and serve warm.

Notes

  • You may use guanciale in lieu of pancetta.
  • Can't find Asian pears at your market? Substitute a super-crisp apple variety like the Honeycrisp , Pink Lady or Granny Smith
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 202
Calories 449

% Daily Value*
39%
Total Fat 25g
15%
  Saturated Fat 3g
5%
Sodium 127mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate 46g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 3g
49%
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

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