Seasonal Fava Bean Salad

This vert-hued fava bean salad strikes the perfect harmony between sweet, bitter and earthy.

Mixed with fennel flowers and mustard greens, this vert-hued fava bean salad from Chef Roberto Ivan from Piccolo Venice in Venice Beach, California, strikes the perfect harmony between sweet, bitter and earthy.  

Fava Bean Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

8 ounces fresh fava beans
1  bunch fennel flowers
1  bunch mustard greens
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons wild flower honey
6 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces Pecorino cheese, shredded

Clean and shell the fava beans. Place in a pot over high heat and boil for 3–5 minutes. Drain the beans and place into an ice bath. Allow to cool, then drain. Set aside. Rinse the fennel flowers, then toss together the fava beans, fennel flowers and mustard greens in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the dressing, mix together Dijon mustard, honey and Champagne vinegar. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking until well combined. Pour over the salad and toss well. Finish with Pecorino cheese. Serves 2.

The Pour

Pietro Biondi, sommelier at Piccolo Venice, recommends Ermes Pavese’s 2011 Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle from Italy’s Valle d’Aosta. “The palate is fruity with a pleasant, fresh finish,” says Biondi. “It’s excellent for an apéritif and matches well with this salad.”

Published on April 3, 2014
Topics: Popular Recipes
About the Author
Alexis Korman
Contributing Editor

Currently based in New Orleans, Korman joined Wine Enthusiast as an editor in 2010 and has been authoring trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail and food content for over a decade, including work for publications like New York Magazine, Fodors.com, The Travel Channel, Premier Traveler, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune and amNY. In addition to her role with Wine Enthusiast, she’s a short fiction writer, and is co-founder of Big Easy ‘Bucha—an artisanal kombucha beverage company that gives back to food charities in New Orleans. Email: akorman@wineenthusiast.net




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