quinoa, fresh fava bean and avocado salad

by Heguiberto on July 25, 2011

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quinoa, fresh fava bean and avocado salad

quinoa, fresh fava bean and avocado salad

I’ve adapted this light and protein-rich salad from Plenty by Yotam Ottelenghi. It is flavorful and perfect for a barbeque party. You will enchant all your guests with this one, whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, or more omnivorous. The dish combines ingredients from both new and old worlds to become a beautiful international delight, just the way we like it 😉

quinoa, fresh fava bean and avocado salad

½ cup red quinoa
½ cup white quinoa
2 ripe Hass avocados
1½ cups fresh fava beans, from about 2 lbs fava pods
8 fresh multicolor oblong French radishes, quartered
1 cup frisée escarole, cleaned, cut into bite size pieces
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 garlic clove crushed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Aleppo pepper chili flakes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Add both red and white quinoa to a sauce pan, top with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce temperature to medium and cook until soft and little seeds have partially burst. Drain, rinse and let cool down to room temperature in a strainer.

Using a sharp paring knife cut a tiny strip off the stringy part of the fava pod lengthways, pop beans out of their velvety pod. Repeat process for remaining pods. Add beans to a pot with boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes. Drain, shock beans with cold water, let them cool down. Remove outer membrane from around each bean, being careful not to crush them.

Cut avocados in halves, remove large seeds. Slice into wedges, transfer to bowl and sprinkle with some lemon juice to prevent oxidation. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix garlic, salt, peppers, remainder of the lemon juice, cumin and olive oil.

Transfer quinoa, fava, radish and frisée to a serving dish, pour dressing over everything and toss to combine. Adjust flavors if necessary. Gently fold in avocado wedges.  Garnish with some crisp lettuce leaves.

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Heavenly Housewife July 25, 2011 at 5:31 am

Can you believe I still haven’t tried quinoa? It scares me. It just seems waaaay to healthy LOL.
Beautiful dish daaaahling.
*kisses* HH
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Hamptontoes July 25, 2011 at 5:37 am

This sounds amazing except for the quinoa. For some reason I just don’t care for it…hmmm…what can I use to substitute? Looks like the perfect summer dish for al fresco dining.
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Heguiberto July 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

I am sure you could replace it with couscous but maybe this would be the quinoa recipe will fall in love with and enjoy….

tasteofbeirut July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I have not tried quinoa yet either; with bulgur and freekeh and wheat berries and lentils and such I have got plenty of healthy grains or legumes to keep me busy; but I can see this salad being perfect with some bulgur!
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tigerfish July 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I am so into quinoa salad recently and made another salad today with edamame beans (+ other veggies) …
if only I had fava beans on hand – those will be perfect as well 😀

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