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Fava Bean Salad with Roasted-Garlic Vinaigrette

A garlicky fava bean salad brings together the abundant protein and fiber in beans and a slew of antioxidants from corn, cucumber, garlic, and parsley.

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

  • 1 head garlic, 1/2 inch cut off top to reveal cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup (2 ounces) walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the Salad

  • 1 pound shucked fresh fava beans (from 3 pounds pods; 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn)
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Cook's Note

Fava beans are best in spring, when they are young and tender.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the vinaigrette: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle garlic with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap in parchment, then in foil. Bake until soft, about 30 minutes. Squeeze garlic from skins. Mash until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together the remaining ingredients with 1 tablespoon of the roasted garlic and remaining 2 teaspoons oil.

  3. Step 3

    Make the salad: Prepare an ice-water bath. Cook beans in a large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to ice-water bath. Let cool completely, and remove with the slotted spoon. Cook corn in same pot for 1 minute, and drain in a colander. Peel thin shells off beans.

  4. Step 4

    Toss cucumber, onion, parsley, feta, beans, and corn with the vinaigrette.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2008

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