Fava beans with olive oil, pecorino and lemon
Makes 6 servings
For a visually appealing presentation, top servings with very thin slices of pecorino, an Italian cheese made from sheep's milk. The aged cheese is firm and dry; the flavor is sharper than Parmesan. For convenience, make the salad using canned or frozen fava beans, which are available in ethnic markets and many supermarkets.
Beans and ham are a classic combination in Spain, so if you like, add strips of Spanish ham or prosciutto.
For the dressing
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For the salad
One 19-ounce can fava beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
Very thinly sliced pecorino cheese, freshly ground pepper, lemon wedges, and sprigs of fresh mint for garnish
Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the salad ingredients and toss. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
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