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Pea Shoot Salad with Fava Beans

Something happens when the weather first warms up. It feels like vacation, perhaps because it is such a departure from the place that we know as we knew it throughout the winter. Perhaps it’s because there’s so much exposed skin and, well, that affects us on some animal level. Then a song comes on, a song from our youth, Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al, and it just makes that warm spring weather about a thousand times more perfect, and winds up following us around, unshakeable, for a week.

Other things that make the spring weather even better? Salads with pea shoots in them. And fava beans. Salads that are unbelievably easy to prepare, which is important right now, because there are more important things to be doing. Like dancing around to Paul Simon songs, thinking about Chevy Chase in his prime, and drinking wine spritzers.

This Pea Shoot Salad with Fava Beans recipe is part of the April Seasonal Food Guide.

PEA SHOOT SALAD WITH FAVA BEANS
Serves 4

1/4 pound pea shoots
1 pound fava beans, shelled
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 avocado, halved and sliced lengthwise
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
salt + pepper

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Blanch the favas for no more than two minutes. Place them in an ice bath. When cool, remove the inner shell by either popping the bean out with your fingers or using a paring knife. Set aside.

Whisk together the olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the pea shoots, radishes and slivered almonds with the dressing. Divide salad among four plates. Top each plate with a quarter of the fava beans and a quarter of the avocado. Serve and enjoy!

  • james - This looks gorgeous. I think I know what I’m getting at the farmer’s market tonight!ReplyCancel

  • bianca - As soon as the weather gets nice all I want is salad. The easier the better! Happy vacations- I mean summer!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Gorgeous salad–and I’m totally on the Paul Simon for spring wavelength. Made a Paul Simon Pandora channel just yesterday.ReplyCancel

  • Mika - I move from a rainy place to a sunny one…There 9°C, here 21°C…I’m so happy now…
    Nice salad, it seems so fresh…ReplyCancel

  • Marla - What a beautiful looking salad, for sure this is Spring in a bowl, how nice.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - That may be the most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen. Really. I was so excited to find pea shoots at Trader Joe’s this morning!! It will be my first time trying them. You Can Call Me Al is a great song. I remember watching the video back in the day with the synced dance/saxophone playing. Great tune.ReplyCancel

  • kimberley - Hey all! I’m so pleased that this is an item you can find all over, right now!
    @Elizabeth: Hurrah for Paul Simon.
    @NicoleD: I can’t believe Trader Joe’s carries them! Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie - Gorgeous symphony of flavors, Kim! I just had fresh fava beans at Saltwater restaurant here in Detroit and they were better than I had ever remembered. I think if people just tried to eat fresher, better-for-you food like this, they could be swayed. :-) Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - Paul Simon, Chevy Chase (in his prime) and wine spritzers. So brilliant — as is this gorgeous spring salad. I made a very similar version the other day with warm herbed chicken paillards and a tangerine-honey vinaigrette. Hooray for spring!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of Thyme - I just found fava beans at the Houston Farmer’s Market called Canino’s. I was so excited because I had never seen them in stores. I wanted to make this goat cheese/fava bean spread. They are such beautiful beans with a pretty green shade.ReplyCancel

  • The Culinary Chase - I have yet to try fava beans but this salad looks so fresh! Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Tine - I looooooove avocado!
    What a healthy, light lunch recipe!
    Your pictures are so pretty, the dish looks so tasty…ReplyCancel

  • Rita - Fava beans and peas are easy to find here, too. They’re right in season. And balsamic vinegar is a special feature. You’re right: meals need to be easy to prepare because it’s time to go outside and celebrate spring!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - What a beautiful bowl of spring. Pea shoots and favas are some of my favourites!ReplyCancel

  • sara - hugh and I were just talking about how difficult it is to make green salads look beautiful – and oohh great, there you go, making it look effortlessly stunning, of course ;) This looks fabulous. So fresh and yummy.ReplyCancel

  • leela - get this into my belly, stat!ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - I gasped at this photo! Love all the curly tendrils and light greens and pinks. So pretty!ReplyCancel

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