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Fava Bean, Parmesan, and Almond Salad

Bright fava beans bring fresh flavor and velvety texture to a simple salad of toasted almonds, mint, and Parmesan cheese. Spoon it atop crostini, or serve the crisp toasts alongside.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2007


  • 1/2 cup whole almonds (about 3 ounces)
  • 3 pounds fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ounces Parmesan or aged provolone cheese, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • Crostini, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until golden brown and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely. Chop very coarsely; set aside.

  2. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add fava beans, and cook 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice-water bath to stop the cooking. Squeeze beans from skins (you should have about 2 cups).

  3. Whisk oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add almonds, beans, cheese, and mint; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or let stand at room temperature up to 1 hour. Salad can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 day. Serve with Crostini.


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