Fava Bean Recipes

An unofficial mascot for springtime, fava beans are only available only from March through May. Embrace these nutty-flavored green beans with these fava bean recipes. Perfect for pasta, salad, soups, dips, and more, you'll find plenty of tasty recipes to add to your arsenal.

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Fava Bean Dip

Foul gellaba, a spicy herb-packed dip that hails from Saudi Arabia, is customarily served for breakfast but can also make an appearance at lunch or dinner.

Fava Bean Soup

Rating: 3.47 stars
An ancient member of the pea family (Europeans and North Africans have been eating them for millennia), fava beans have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own.

Fava Bean, Mint, and Pecorino Romano Bruschetta

Want to give this bruschetta an even brighter flavor? Add some lemon zest into the mix.

Grilled Fava Beans

Look for sturdy green pods with a velvety fuzz. Avoid any with slimy brown spots or overly large beans.

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.

Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint

Fava beans mingle with snap peas and mint in this showcase of spring vegetables.

Roast Chicken with Fava Beans

Fresh, nutty fava beans brighten this comforting roast chicken skillet dinner.

Fava Bean and Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes

Here's an easy way for fava bean fans to enjoy the ingredient during its short peak season, March to May. At other times, shelled edamame are a worthy stand-in. Radishes make good, crunchy dippers for either version.

Spring Salad with Mushroom ''Dirt''

Assemble a garden on your plate with this modern, spring landscape-inspired salad. The edible "dirt" is made from delicious dehydrated mushrooms.

Orzo Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

While the Saudi Arabian rice dish known as saleeg may resemble Italian risotto, it's set apart by the addition of milk, which gives it a rich, creamy texture. Martha's interpretation pairs orzo with dried and fresh mushrooms, fava beans, lots of herbs and spices, and soft-poached eggs.

Fava Bean Sandwich

The tasty combination of mashed fava beans with avocado and pecorino is served on a crusty baguette.

Pasta with Mint Pesto and Fava

Pasta need not weigh you down; serve this light recipe as a starter, or top it with meatballs for a heartier meal.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Fava Bean Recipes You Need to Try This Spring

It’s time to get better acquainted with favas! An ancient member of the pea family, they have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own. Click through for our favorite recipes featuring favas.

Lamb Shanks with Rice and Fava Beans

Rating: Unrated
This recipe, from "Food of Life" cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij, is a Persian New Year specialty that symbolizes spring fertility and renewal.

Spring Salad with Fava Beans

Fresh fava beans join baby spinach, frisee, and mint in a delicate salad accented by goat cheese.