Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, broad beans, fool beans, or whatever you may call them, are a delicious, nutritious, and  unusual treat. I had recently tasted a lentil salad with lemon peel in it, which inspired me to try adding a twist to these hearty Middle Eastern beans.

Note: Some peel the outer shell of the bean after boiling. My beans were soft enough that I did not find this to be necessary, but if you prefer a softer bean, you can feel free to add this step.


  • Fresh fava beans
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

I haven’t listed any quantities, because it’s really a matter of taste… I used about 2 cups beans, juice of 1 lemon, plus about 1/4 peel, 4 large cloves garlic, a generous swirl of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.


  1. Remove fava beans from pods, and boil in salted water until tender
  2. Juice the lemon, and remove the white pith from half of the peel
  3. Chop the desired quantity of lemon peel very finely
  4. Crush the garlic
  5. While beans are still warm, add the garlic, lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
  6. Serve warm or cold as a side dish or salad

Best enjoyed with a nice Chianti… 😉

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