Fava Bean Salad With Jamon and Fresh Mint

Total Time
10 mins
3 mins

In the Catalonia area of Spain, Fava beans are paired with slivered jamon (cured ham) and fresh mint. According to The New Spanish Table, this salad was invented by Catalan chef Josep Mercader and is now copied all over Catalonia. If fresh fava beans are hard to find, shelled edamame may be substituted. Posted for ZWT 5.

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  1. Boil the fava beans until just tender, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain, rinse, and peel (skip the peeling if using edamame).
  3. In a serving bowl, combine the beans, escarole, ham, mint, and shallots. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and whisk to form a dressing.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad, and toss to combine.
  6. Taste, and add more salt or pepper if needed.
  7. Serve at once.