The Recipes

Spring Pea and Fava Bean Salad

There are a few vegetables that only come out to play for a very limited time in the Spring, and I know some of you might not find them in your everyday market.  If you can't find fresh peas or fava beans, you can easily swap out any other fresh or frozen vegetables.

Spring Pea and Fava Bean Salad


- 1/4 c. shelled fava beans
- 1/4 c. peas
- 1/4 c. linguine, or other skinny pasta or Asian noodle
- handful of cilantro, chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 small onion, diced
- splash of rice wine vinegar
- drizzle sesame oil
- 1 T. soy sauce
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 T. sambal olek or other hot sauce
- 1 T. sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. blended oil
- salt

Bring a small pot of water to a boil.  Season the water with salt and add the noodles.  Cook to instructions and drain.  Set it aside.

While the noodles cook, heat 1 tsp. of blended oil in a small pan.  Add the onion, season lightly with salt, and let it cook for 4-5 minutes.  Add the garlic, stir for a minute, then remove from the heat and cool.

Bring another small pot of water to a boil.  Set up a bowl of ice water on the side.  Season both with salt.  Add the peas and fava beans to the boiling water.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, drain, and immediately transfer to the ice water.  Once cool, drain again.  Remove the outer layer of the fava beans and discard.

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sambal olek.  Add in the noodles, cilantro, scallion, peas, favas, and onion mixture.  Stir to combine and garnish with the sesame seeds.