Fava Bean Salad

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 04:38 Written by Flax Thursday, 27 January 2011 04:38

This dish makes a wonderful appetizer for a shabbat meal or a main course for during the week.  It is easy to prepare and needs very little cooking time.  Sometimes I serve the fava beans by themselves with a dressing and sometimes I add a tomato, pickled lemon, and parsley.  Both ways are good.

Fava beans, also known as ful or broad beans are common in the middle east but are not as popular in North America.  If your store doesn’t sell fava beans than you can use lima beans instead.


  • 1 package frozen fava  beans
  • 2 liters water
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper


  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp pickled lemon, diced
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped

Bring the water to a boil.  Add the fava beans and simmer for 10 minutes.  Drain the bean in a colander.   After they are well-drained, pour them into a large salad bowl and dress with the olive oil, lemon and spices.  If desired add the tomato, pickled lemons, and parsley.

Serve hot or cold.


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