Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Find In My CSA Box and Lunch Salads

This week, I found a new (to me) item in my CSA box: fresh fava beans. I have never cooked with fresh fava beans. I’m not sure how I’ll prepare them yet, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Here is what else was in the box:

  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
And here are two of my favorite lunch salads from this past week:

Salmon Salad on a Bed of Arugula

  • Arugula
  • Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing to lightly dress the arugula – a little goes a long way
  • Salmon salad (canned wild salmon, juice of one lemon, Wasabi mayo, capers)
  • Tomatoes
Mache Salad with Mozzarella and Tomatoes
  • Mache lettuce
  • Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to dress the mache lettuce
  • Mini mozzarella balls
  • Tomatoes
    Questions: What are you weekend plans? Have you ever cooked with fresh fava beans? If so, do you have any suggestions for me how to prepare them?
    Be well,


    1. How cool to get such interesting new foods with your CSA deliveries! Fava beans are used a lot in Italian cooking, but I have never tried them! I'm sure you could make a yummy bean salad with them!

    2. Anonymous5/15/2010

      I love fresh fava beans! They are pretty common here in the UK, just served steamed as a side dish. I could eat them all day long with just lemon juice and black pepper. I've had them in a restaurant before as a puree- this recipe looks similar to my meal:

    3. I just received fava beans a couple of weeks ago and wasn't aware that there is a second layer to remove after the pods are cooked for awhile. Once I got down to the pretty green inner layer, the beans were wonderful! They reminded me of fresh lima beans. I ate mine with a touch of butter and lemon juice as well as a little sprinkle of sea salt.

    4. Thanks for sharing these recipes, your meals look so healthy and delicious! I love the idea of receiving different veg each week, it's great to be able to try out different things - and also being able to eat such healthy food is a really empowering part of any lifestyle!

    5. I love fava beans, this is one of my favorite vegetables of Spring. I enjoy brushing the entire pod with olive oil, grilling them until the pod is charred, sprinkling with coarse salt, and popping each bean out of the pod and sack and simply eating them like that. Yummy!

    6. I have never worked with fava beans but boy they look stellar! Thank the bounty of the earth for this amazing CSA yield that only you in CA can get :)

      Yes letting my recap posts go is something i need to do...It takes over 2 hours to do them and I just cant do that anymore!

      Glad to hear you have found a groove,albeit a bit less of the sphere, but that can be a good thing :)

    7. Interesting. I've never even heard of fava beans. I'm interested too to see how to cook them / use them

    8. They're actually one of my favorite components to soup but I can never find them! I think I may have seen them in a stir-fry as well?

    9. That salmon salad sounds delicious!

      I have heard of fava beans, but have never cooked with them before. I bet you could find some great recipes online.

      What's this Goddess TJs dressing?? I need to keep my eyes out for that! I bought their raspberry vin. yesterday and marinated my salmon in it, with some lemon juice. It tasted amazing!

    10. honestly, i didn't even know fresh favas existed, so i am of NO help to you on that one :)

      however, i drool everytime i see a CSA photo - especially because you get lemons and avocados. they just don't have those in wisconsin!

      happy weekend - i am off to have a day of MAJOR PRODUCTIVITY!

    11. Andrea I always learn something on your blog! I've never even heard of those beans. I love beans and can't wait to see what you do with them!

    12. Oh Andrea, you did well! Everything looks so healthy & nutritious! Hope you have a wonderful day!
      Cheers, Kristy

    13. Favas rule! If you look up middle eastern cooking you should find tons of yummy things to do with these. They work for a spread similar to hummus, but I am not sure if it works with the fresh ones. I also really like a hot Egyptian dish called foul (which is the arabic word for fava bean apparently) and I used to eat this during Ramadan since I was around people eating it all the time (I worked in an Egyptian restaurant). These are also popular on the island, but I do not think they are fresh. The marinate them here.

    14. I love mache lettuce! Don't know why I don't buy it more often. I love it with just a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

      I don't think I've ever made fava beans. Curious to see what you do with them!

    15. Anonymous5/16/2010

      i didn't know TJ's had a goddess dressing! I'll have to try that one - because Annie's dressings are so expensive!

      I've never even had fava beans, but found a recipe for you to try out:

    16. I've never seen fresh fava beans. I have used the canned kind and I know they work well in hummus and Italian dishes. Good luck. I'm excited to see what you do with them.

    17. i have never cooked with fresh fava beans but whenever i'm trying a new ingredient i find you can never go wrong with a quick saute of olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon.

    18. I've actually never tried fava beans before! Are they like lima beans? I usually like to saute beans with a little olive oil and garlic (best combination ever) when I really want to taste the bean. I really liked reading all the suggestions in the comments. I should try fava beans, too!

    19. I learned about fava beans last summer, when an old Italian fellow was one of my vendor neighbors. They were HUGE! I planned on growing some this year, and it hasn't been time to plant them yet, and I really forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder!

    20. I totally have a leftover salmon filet just begging to be made into salmon salad! OH MY!

      never bought fava beans before! Have no idea what to do with them!

      Happy Monday

    21. oooh love the sound of that salmon salad! And of the goddess dressing - when a little bit of anything goes a long way i'm a happy girl!!

      I've never had fava beans either!! :)

      My weekend plans consisted of all things Manhattan - such a fun one with Austin!

    22. Mmmm those salads look great!

      Can you take a picture of the fava beans? I have no idea what they look like, but I've heard of them a few times in the health community. I want to give them a try sometime.

    23. I've thought about joining a CSA...but just haven't gotten around to it yet! Not sure what to do with fava beans????

    24. Great salad! I've never cooked fava beans either. Let us know how they turn out!

    25. wow, you got some great stuff this week!

      I've never tried fava beans, but I've seen recipes for bean dips/spreads using them.

    26. the fresh veggies; my heart rate just jumped a bit
      happy salad month of course