Fava Bean Quinoa Salad

Happy Canada Day!!! What better way to celebrate than a delicious summer salad?

IMG_2185Isn’t this a gorgeous summer salad? I am totally digging all of the awesomely vibrant produce at the market right now.

Like fava beans!!!

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These are green goddesses in my opinion. They are beautiful and taste so good! They are a little time consuming to prep, but well worth the effort.

Never tried making fresh fava beans before? Check out how to prepare fava beans. It’s just a few, simple steps. Shuck your beans out of their wrapper. Blanch them for 5 minutes, then let them sit in a cold, ice bath. Then you can either sautée, boil, steam, or have ’em as is like me.

Fava Bean Quinoa Salad (makes 3-4 servings)

2 handfuls of fresh fava beans (see prep instructions above)

1 cup of cooked quinoa, cooled

1 handful of fresh mint, finely chopped

2 small tomatoes, chopped (I used yellow for colour)

2 persian cucumbers, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tbsp of olive oil

the juice of half of a lemon

a sprinkle of salt & pepper to taste

Start by chopping up your veggies. Add them to a bowl with the quinoa, garlic, mint, olive oil, lemon juice & salt and pepper to allow it to marinade while you get the fava beans ready.

IMG_2181Once your fava beans are ready – add them into the salad.

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So pretty! Stir it up and enjoy. I find it tastes better after sitting in the fridge a few hours, so I made mine in the morning to enjoy that afternoon for lunch. It tasted even better as leftovers over the next couple of days.

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Happy Birthday Canada =D

I am of course sharing this lovely creation with my fav bloghops: Plant Based Potluck Party & Healthy Vegan Fridays.

5 thoughts on “Fava Bean Quinoa Salad

  1. Those fava beans look delicious! I’ve never actually had them before. Ever. I need to find them here in Australia (or maybe grow my own when it gets a bit warmer!). In the meantime, I’m going to be making this salad but I’ll sub the fava beans for some other beans :)

    1. They are tough to find fresh fava beans. I think dried ones would work too or canned. I would love to see you try to grow them!! Chickpea beans would be good! Thanks Kyra =)

  2. Hi Kimmy,
    This is my kind of comfort food! With hearty, delectable ingredients like these, I will be
    making this delectable dish for friends and family quite often. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Fava Bean Quinoa Salad recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I’m pinning and sharing.

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