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Fava Bean & Corn Salad with Fresh Mint

Sweet young corn and buttery fresh fava beans are an irresistible pairing in this simple salad. Even after shelling, fava beans have a second skin that needs to be peeled away in all but the youngest, most tender beans. Serve this salad with warm sourdough bread and sweet butter.

Ingredients:

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled fresh fava beans (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 8 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the corn and cook for 1 minute. Remove with a strainer and set aside.

Add the fava beans to the pot and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Slip the fava beans from their skins.

In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Stir in the corn, fava beans, radishes, mint, 1/2 tsp salt and a few grindings of pepper. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Eat Well, by Charity Ferreira (Oxmoor House, 2008).