Fava Greens Salad

What You'll Need

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • microplane or zester
  • good kitchen knife and clean cutting surface
  • baking sheet and parchment paper
  • serving bowl and spoons
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, plus more for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups packed fava leaves
  • 2 oranges, zested, segmented, and juices reserved (use zest for dressing)
  • 2 grapefruits, segmented and juices reserved
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup toasted and chopped walnuts
  • Fava flowers for garnishing

We like to make this salad as we wait impatiently for the fava beans to come to size. Use the tenderest tops of the fava bushes for this recipe and you won't be sorry. 

We tip our hat to Linda Ly, whose recipe for this salad was presented by Edible in their online newsletter. We’ve added a little tutorial on how to supreme citrus, a process that leaves you with some lovely grapefruit peels, just right for making Candied Citrus Rind.

Makes 4 servings.

fava and citrus saladDirections

To prepare the citrus, cut away the top and the bottom of the citrus.
For an orange, cut about 1/4”, for a grapefruit, cut closer to 1/2”.
Place the fruit on one cut end, and then slice away a section of peel and pith, using a sawing motion to shave just along the flesh of the fruit. Rotate the fruit and cut away another section of the peel. Continue all the way around, trimming off any remaining white pith when done. peel citrusTo separate the sections, hold the fruit over a small bowl to catch drips. Cut each section free of the membrane by cutting it away on both sides, then lifting it free.
grapefruit supremesTo make the dressing, combine the reserved citrus juices with the shallot, salt, pepper, and orange zest.
combine citrus in bowlSlowly whisk in the oil until well blended.
whisk until blendedDress the salad with the citrus juice and oil mixture.
fava greens dressed

Gently fold the citrus segments into the fava leaves.
toss saladDivide the salad among four plates and sprinkle the feta and walnuts on top, then garnish with a few fava flowers and a pinch of orange zest on each plate.

 garnish with cheese and walnuts

fava greens saladOver to You

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