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Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, broad beans, fool beans, or whatever you may call them, are a delicious, nutritious, and  unusual treat. I had recently tasted a lentil salad with lemon peel in it, which inspired me to try adding a twist to these hearty Middle Eastern beans.

Note: Some peel the outer shell of the bean after boiling. My beans were soft enough that I didn’t find this to be necessary, but if you prefer a softer bean, you can feel free to add this step.

Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Course: Gluten-free, Mediterranean, Non-dairy, Pareve, Salads, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian


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I haven’t listed any quantities, because it’s really a matter of taste… I used about 2 cups beans, juice of 1 lemon, plus about 1/4 peel, 4 large cloves garlic, a generous swirl of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.


  • Fresh fava beans

  • Lemon

  • Garlic

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper


  • Remove fava beans from pods, and boil in salted water until tender
  • Juice the lemon, and remove the white pith from half of the peel
  • Chop the desired quantity of lemon peel very finely
  • Crush the garlic
  • While beans are still warm, add the garlic, lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
  • Serve warm or cold as a side dish or salad
  • Best enjoyed with a nice Chianti 😉

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