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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fava Bean, Asparagus, and Green Bean Salad

Everyone should have the problems currently plaguing me.  Fava beans and asparagus running ramped in our garden along with an over stuffed freezer.  Lucky for me I came across the perfect recipe at Serious Eats web site that helped solve my problem.  Simple and umm umm good, what could be finer?

Fava Bean, Asparagus, and Green Bean Salad

1/2 cup shelled, blanched, and peeled fava beans
1/2 cup 1-inch lengths of asparagus 
1 cup haricot vert or trimmed green beans ( I used frozen)

1/2 generous tablespoon Dijon mustard

3/4T lemon juice

3/4T balsamic vinegar

3T good olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

~ bring a pot of salted water to boil
~ peel open the fava bean pods and remove the beans
~ blanch for 2 minutes in boiling water at the one minute mark add the asparagus
~ then remove and cool quickly
~ split open the pods to reveal the bright green beans inside ( I did about half because I found this tedious)
~ follow the instructions on the frozen beans package to cook

****side note- since my fava beans and asparagus were just picked they only required the short cooking time above.  The original recipe continues with the further cooking as follows...They did not use frozen green beans.

~ add the green beans to the boiling water and cook for a minute or so. Follow with the asparagus for an additional minute, then add the fava beans. Cook until softened but not limp, then drain and plunge everything into an ice bath.

~ put all ingredients in a glass and whisk
~ pour and toss over vegetables

from the garden: fava beans, asparagus, lemon and thyme

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