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Fava Bean Solstice Salad

Harvesting the very last of the broad beans (also called fava beans) I planted out in winter called for a summer solstice celebratory salad that would tempt the usually broad bean shy family members!

After shelling, steaming for a few minutes & immediately running under cold water, the beans were ready for me to pop out of their skins - yielding around 2 cups of the bright green beauties.

Then I added:

4 medium beetroot - cooked, peeled & cubed

1 bunch asparagus, sliced & 2 C frozen baby peas - steamed & then run under cold water

1 cup french green lentils, rinsed & cooked until tender

Baby spinach or salad greens, herbs from the garden - think basil, mint, coriander.

1 C walnuts, toasted

150g goat feta, crumbled

And the dressing - usually I make a big batch in the blender of 1 C olive oil, 1/2 Clemon juice/apple cider vinegar blend, I T honey and loads of garlic.

Assemble the ingredients on a large platter with the spinach/salad greens at the base, and drizzle over the dressing before serving. Happy Summer Solstice!

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