Broad Bean Salad Italian Style




Broad Bean Salad Italian Style

By 11/04/2013

Broad beans are largely available in Italy at this time of the year.

They are very popular all over Italy, especially in the south and there are many ways of enjoying them: in soups, pastas, risottos or salads.  My favourite way of cooking them is just by blanching them quickly and dressing them with a classic Italian-style vinaigrette and with a few slices of Pecorino cheese on top.

It is a classic and very easy recipe which makes a fresh, spring-like and tasty side dish. And it is very healthy too!


  • Prep Time : 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 5 minutes



To make this salad you need to shell the beans first:

shelling beans

then remove the nipple that covers the seed of the beans

Now cook them in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes. Then drain and leave them in a colander to cool down


Make a vinaigrette with the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, chopped garlic and the finely chopped parsley. Slice finely the Pecorino with the help of a potato peeler.

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Peel the cooked beans. Only the green seed inside is edible

broad bean salad

Dress the beans with the vinagrette and with the Pecorino slices on top.

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 I am pleased to enter this into Simple and in Season,  hosted by Ben Rehan

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9 Responses to Broad Bean Salad Italian Style

  1. gloria

    Alida look delicious!!

  2. Jasna

    To be honest, I never cooked broad beans. They look so delicious in your salad, …I have to try them. Have a good weekend Alida

  3. la cucina di Molly

    In effetti è periodo di fave qui da noi, sono buone fresche, da mangiarle anche crude! Io le faccio anche fritte! Ottima la tua insalata di fave! Buon fine settimana, un bacione!

  4. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    This looks gorgeous! We have a similar dish in Armenian cuisine, where we cook the broadbeans with dill and olive oil and serve with garlic yoghurt, its delicious!

    • Alida

      Mmm… That’s sounds yummy too. I think they would go nicely with yoghurt!

  5. unikorna

    wow Alida, I am gonna be sick…I have such a craving for green beans that I feel sick….It looks so amazingggggggggggg. I can only find canned green beans this time of year :(((.

    • Alida

      Thank you Petronela!

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