This salad is so delicious, so refreshing, so satisfying, and so easy that you must try it. One key to this simple combination is letting it chill in the fridge for a few hours to marry all the flavors. You can substitute parsley or basil for the mint, but I beg you to try it with the mint. There is something about the taste of fava beans that the mint really brings out like no other herb.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the fava beans and cook until skins are translucent and easy to pull away, about 6 minutes. Transfer beans with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water; cool to room temperature, 1 to 2 minutes. Squeeze each bean at one end to remove the bean from it's skin; discard skins and reserve beans.

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  • Whisk lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl; slowly whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil into lemon juice mixture until dressing is thick and emulsified.

  • Stir fava beans, butter beans, roasted red peppers, and mint into dressing; toss to coat beans completely. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the top and season salad with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

393 calories; protein 19.8g 40% DV; carbohydrates 47.5g 15% DV; fat 14.6g 22% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 490.9mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2015
Simply outstanding! A couple recommendations: (1) make it from dried beans so that you can get the perfect al-dente texture (canned is often too mushy for my liking); and (2) add dill in addition to the mint. It results in the ultimate fresh taste. Enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2015
Simply outstanding! A couple recommendations: (1) make it from dried beans so that you can get the perfect al-dente texture (canned is often too mushy for my liking); and (2) add dill in addition to the mint. It results in the ultimate fresh taste. Enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2015
I just made this recipe and it is a good basic bean salad recipe that I experienced in Turkey. I followed the recipe for much of the ingredients however I made these changes: I didn't have Fava beans so I drained and rinsed Chickpeas. I added red quinoa for more protein (I cooked this in bouillion so careful on the salt). I added chopped red onion cumin and parsley. Taste for your comfort. Refrigerate to blend seasonings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2017
Such a nice side dish change in my rotation and the mint adds such a fresh twist. I only had canned butter beans but with a good rinse they did the job. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2016
Solid recipe. Rather than adding raw garlic I roasted the garlic and minced it. I heated a couple small cloves with the skin still on in a small pan over medium heat for 6 minutes until the garlic was slightly colored and soft. I added about 1/2 tsp salt but it wasn't enough. Unfortunately I brought this salad to a picnic so I couldn't adjust the seasoning later. I would make this again - trying different herbs This time I made it with mint. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2016
Superb salad with fresh favas and canned butter beans. Simple quick hearty and flavors blended deliciously next day. Can't recommend highly enough. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2017
Had fresh beans and can garbanzos. Added fresh oregano because it was growing next to mint. It was delicious fresh and simple Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2015
Very Healthy! And good taste. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2020
Liked it... refreshing! Wanted to make it more of a main dish for lunch so, I added this recipe to feta cheese, cooked diced chicken and couscous. Read More