Fava beans always look so enticing at the market. The big pods with fresh beans tucked inside lead to dreaming about future recipes. And yet, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Fava beans have a two-shelling process which is a bit labor intensive. But, I’ve found time and again, it’s worth it.
If I could, I would eat this fava bean salad for lunch every day. The delicate, just-cooked bean flavor is a perfect companion for the rich butter, light dill, and hearty rye breadcrumbs. This is everything I could ever want in a salad. One quick note, you can eat fava beans without going through the second shelling process. Young, tender beans don’t have a tough exterior. However, I’ve found more often than not, the beans I pick up are not young. For the full experience of this salad, go through the entire shelling process.