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Mezze: Fava Bean Salad for Jaime’s Birthday!

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Today’s mezze is am extraordinary one. It is a belated celebration of the birthday of one of the loveliest people around – my co-blogger Jaime. Jaime is one of the brightest and most thoughtful people I know. I am so thankful to have her as my creative partner with Mezze and Dolce. Not only is she full of amazing ideas, but she is a whiz at following through to turn those ideas into reality. I cannot imagine M & D without her strong voice, her artful eye, her discerning palate, or her {our mutual} love of spreadsheets.

In honor of Jaime, I whipped up a spunky, flavorful fava bean salad. We have talked about our love/hate relationship with fava beans here on M & D before. Jaime and I share a special bond with fava beans – they seem to have worked their way into many of our joint culinary adventures. They were a key ingredient at the first cooking class we took together. Fava beans were a source of frustration and conversation at a special dinner party Jaime and I hosted for friends which, in many ways, was the birthplace of this blog. Forget celebrating birthdays with cookies and cakes; preparing something new and delicious with fava beans, with their tricky shell within a shell construction, seemed most fitting to celebrate another year of Jaime.

This flavorful salad makes use of fresh fava beans {easier to shell than dry!} as well as dried herbs. Dried oregano and dried mint {this month’s inspiration} mix with lemon, sumac, and Aleppo chili to create a bright, spunky meal or side dish.

Here’s to you, Jaime. I wish you a new year full of good eats, bicoastal blogging, and friendship. May this be your best year yet. —With much love, Jacque

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh fava beans (once shelled, ~2 cups)

3 tablespoons olive oil

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon dried mint

1/2 teaspoon Aleppo chili

1/2 teaspoon sumac

Salt & pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Wash and shell fresh fava beans. These beans come in a long, broad pod. Run a paring knife along the length of the pod to open it up. Inside you will find a bevy of large beans. The beans are protected by another tightly wrapped shell. Use your paring knife along the edge or seem of the shell to peel it back. With fresh beans, luckily, the inner shell will sort of pop off once you get it started.

2. Mix fava beans with olive oil and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly so all of the beans are coated.

3. Add in dried herbs, chili, and sumac.

4. Salt & pepper to your liking.

5. Give the salad a taste. You may need to add a little more olive oil at this stage depending on how well dressed you like your salads. Play with the herb ratios as well – have fun!

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7 comments on “Mezze: Fava Bean Salad for Jaime’s Birthday!

  1. Darya
    August 8, 2013

    Wow. Thank you for this beautiful salad. It is bookmarked and will be made very soon (especially since we still have beautiful local fava beans at the market)!

    • mezzeanddolce
      August 8, 2013

      Awesome! Enjoy those fresh fava while they are around!

  2. Beth (OMG! Yummy)
    August 8, 2013

    Happy Birthday Jaime – a lovely ode to a lovely person on a lovely blog!

  3. mrsgillies
    August 11, 2013

    Happy Birthday Jaime! (Well, belated birthday)

  4. Pingback: Inspiring Ingredient: Sumac | Mezze & Dolce

  5. Pingback: Inspiring Ingredient: Lemon | Mezze & Dolce

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About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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