Spring Bean Salad with Fava Beans, Edamame, Peas and Mint

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So Fresh! Homage to Spring with mint, flat leaf parsley, fava beans, mung bean sprouts, edamame, peas,  and dice red onion in Meyer Lemon vinaigrette. I love my fresh herbs in the garden! Ok, I know blanching and peeling fresh fava beans is time consuming, but oh my, the flavors combine so wonderfully in this salad.

Spring Bean Salad
Meyer Lemon and Mint Vinaigrette suits the fresh fava and mixed bean salad.

Spring Bean Salad with Fava Beans, Edamame, Peas and Mint
Serves 4

2 pounds fresh fava beans
1 cup frozen or fresh edamame
1 cup frozen or fresh sweet petite peas
½ cup fresh mung beans
½ cup finely dice red onion
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
2 teaspoons fresh mint finely chopped
⅛ cup Meyers Lemon Juice
⅛ cup rice wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Shell and shuck fava beans. Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, cool  in ice bath and remove grey skin. Yields about 2 cups. Cook fava, edamame, until just tender but with a little bite. remove from water and place in ice bath; set aside. Blanch fresh peas for 2 minutes, do not over cook, remove from water and place in ice bath. Drain vegetables well before combining for salad, you don’t want extra water in your bowl. You can pat dry with paper towel, this helps the vinaigrette adhere best.

Vinaigrette: Mix lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in small bowl. In a slow stream, pour and whisk in extra virgin olive oil to emulsify. Add finely chopped mint leaves.

In a large bowl combine drained beans, chopped parsley and red onions. Just before serving toss with about ½ cup of vinaigrette. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Drizzle with more dressing if you like.

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2 Responses to Spring Bean Salad with Fava Beans, Edamame, Peas and Mint

  1. Bentobird says:

    So beautifully green and inspiring, Robin! I’m just gazing at this bowl full of edible spring with its bright intricate flavors, going “wow”!!

    Thanks for this lovely post, have a weekend to match!

  2. Robin says:

    Thank you kindly Ms. Bentobird! This bowl just sings Spring to me. I was just visiting bentobird.blogspot.com and loving all your pretty flowers. Hope the Saturday rain doesn’t dampen your spirits Jenn!

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