Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Salad w/ Lemon Dressing Fava Bean Greens, Strawberries, Red Leaf Lettuce & Fennel

Have you had Fava Bean Greens yet?  I discovered them on my weekly shopping trip this week. They are amazing; dark green in color, with a beautiful almost nutty taste, and the flowers are also edible. Delicious and fun all in one :)  -  Not a great picture, but this is what they look like

Fava Bean Greens

I decided to use the Fava Bean Greens in a salad but needed to come up with a different kind of dressing.  The greens are very delicate in flavor, and it felt that my "usual" dressings would overpower the flavor.  Tadahh!!!  Are you ready?  Please meet the new Lemon Dressing of this house....

Salad with Lemon Dressing, Fava Bean Greens, Strawberries, Red Leaf Lettuce & Fennel

Lemon Dressing Fava Bean Greens Strawberries Fennel Lettuce Salad
  • 4 Tb Olive Oil
  • 2 Tb Rice Vinegar
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 an untreated lemon
  • 1 green onion cut into fine rings
  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of Fava Bean Greens {leaves & flowers off the stem} washed
  • 1/2 Fennel bulb finely diced
  • 1/2 head of Red Leaf Lettuce {cleaned & broken into bite size pieces}
  • 1/2 C Strawberries sliced 
  1. Put dressing together by mixing Olive Oil, Rice Vinegar, Lemon Juice & Zest, and Maple Syrup. Mix {I use a fork} until it all comes together nicely.
  2. Add salt & pepper to taste and blend it into the dressing
  3. Add green onion rings and mix up.  Pour the dressing into a salad bowl
  4. Add fennel to the dressing and mix it into the dressing
  5. Top with Red Leaf Lettuce, Fava Bean Greens {and flowers} and gently toss it together, coating it with dressing {I used my hands}
  6. Add Strawberries at the end and mix them carefully into the salad
Fava Bean Greens Fennel Lemon Dressing Strawberries Salad Lettuce


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