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Fava Green + Snap Pea Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Guys, I almost failed you this month. Recklessly disregarding all that fancy language about fleeting spring produce, I nearly arrived at the end of the month without any fava greens, the foundation for this salad. It took six fruitless visits to various markets both east and west of the bay, with mounting despair, before landing on my saving grace: Hayes Valley Farm. I remembered that there was a proliferation of fava plants all over their property and I crossed my fingers and wished really hard for a little miracle. Hallelujah and praise be. They delivered.

Onion Flowers

While fava beans are still sprouting up across farms big and small throughout the country (they enrich the soil with nitrogen, which is great for crops), it seems that their run in Bay Area markets may be nearing an end. You can always ask politely at a local farm, or even better, plant some of your own. It’s a fabulous, toothy green with a subtle fava bean flavor that’s great to have on hand if you’d like to liven up your weeknight salad. Happy almost summer!

Fava Green + Snap Pea Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Serves about 4

4 ounces fresh fava greens, stems removed
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, ends trimmed, sliced in half
6 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
1 small avocado
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh chive or onion blossoms, stems removed
sea salt + pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine the fava greens, snap peas, strawberries and pistachios. Separately, combine the avocado with the olive oil and lemon juice and mash until thoroughly blended. Add the chive or onion blossoms and salt and pepper to taste, and stir.

Toss the salad with the dressing. Garnish with extra chive flowers if desired (but know that they have quite a strong onion kick!). Serve immediately.

  • Tine - Mmm, I love this salad.
    Adding pistachio nuts is such a great idea! Super!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - such a terrific spring combination! I’ve never seen fava greens at the markets around here…I’ll have to inquire about that, maybe one of the farms will bring in a batch :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Glad I’m not the only one who has moments like those. :) Way to make it happen! Our growing season is a little behind you, so I’ll keep an eye out for fava greens. Looks yum.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui - Here in WA we’re still waiting for favas, among other things, to arrive. But this salad sounds super refreshing and perfect for a Spring or Summer day!ReplyCancel

  • Ariella - Looks so delicious. Sadly, just as the favas come into season here in Israel, the strawberries are out! I’ll have to think of a suitable substitution because this is too good to pass up!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie - Lucky! I don’t think I ever spotted any fava greens around here. Looks scrumptious — love all that beautiful green in the salad. :-) And the chive flowers makes a nice addition. Been loving those lately.ReplyCancel

  • bianca - Happy almost summer to you! Keep the salads coming- swimsuit season is here and salads are my go to for light healthy, bathing suit prep eating!ReplyCancel

  • Joy - So glad you eventually found something to your liking!ReplyCancel

  • Mika - I’ve eaten tons of fava beans in the last few months, my boyfriend’s father plants a small field with fava beans every year… but I’ve never tried to eat fava greens, neve heard about them at all…ReplyCancel

  • kankana - I never had fava beans before and this looks like a perfect recipe to start with :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - I may have missed the fava green window – but will happily produce this salad, perhaps with baby spinach. I can’t pass on a salad with strawberries, avocado and pistachios!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie - This is right up my alley, I love salads like this one!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - I love fava greens but I haven’t seen them at my market in a few weeks now :( Hopefully, I’ll get another chance with them!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Seems like your diligence and tireless searching paid off! Because I’m not really sure where I’d be without this salad…favas and sugar snaps are two of my favorite things. And creamy avocado dressing? Always a fan.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - I’ll have to look for fava greens around here! This salad sounds fantastic. I learn so much about produce from you. Maybe you should tag-team with Jamie Oliver with a class in advanced produce :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - The flavors and textures here all sound marvelous. I could eat sugar snap peas on their own, crunching away on a big bag of them. A lovely salad!ReplyCancel


  • Ancha - beautiful Indonesia.ReplyCancel

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