Peach and Fava Beans Salad

by Anna on June 2, 2010

in Appetizer,Salads,Vegetarian

I have some sneaky vampire bugs munching on my herbs, couldn’t they just eat one leaf or two and then gracefully leave. No…they have to put a hole in every single leaf. And don’t matter how much I look for the bandits, I can’t find them. So today I asked my bug guy at the Farmer’s Market; and he told me that the bugs hide during the day and come to eat in the middle of the night. Just so you know, tonight I’m going to wait for them. If anybody has some tips on how to catch those vampire bugs or some organic way to vanquish them. Please let me know. I got beautiful peaches at the FM today and was wondering what to do with them. Cakes and crumbles came to mind, but in the end I decided to make a salad. Also it was the first time I used fresh fava beans. So I had to watch some video of how to. Enjoy.

Peach and Fava Beans Salad


  • 2 cups shelled fresh fava beans
  • 1/4-cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or 3 peaches sliced
  • Baby Arugula
  • Prosciutto
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese


Fill a bowl with ice and water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fava beans and cook until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and shock in ice water. Drain again and remove outer skins. Place the beans in a bowl. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil and whisk until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the beans and mix well. Add the peaches, prosciutto, the arugula and the shaved Parmesan cheese.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Sophie June 20, 2010 at 6:45 AM

What a stunning salad this is!! So colorfoul too!

MMMMMMMMMMMM,…I so love fava beans!!

Jenn June 12, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Hmmmm…. did you put a string of garlic around your plant babies? Maybe that would deter the vampire bugs??? If I was there, I would totally chant some plant voodoo so that they would fight the bugs themselves that way you would not have to worry about them yourself.
Peaches + Fava beans, huh? Never would have thought!!! Brilliant as per usual 😉

Jujliana June 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Anna. your salad with peach look so refreshing…very summery…love the colors of the salad 🙂

Erica June 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM

That sounds and looks really scrumptious.. will try it .mmm delicious photo…

Stella June 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hey Anna! This salad sounds so good. I’ve really liked adding fruit to my salads lately-so fresh and so clean, clean! By the way, we spray our herbs and vegetables with organic Neem every ten days, and it helps a lot. The neem is a bit pricy, but it lasts a long time!

Lori June 6, 2010 at 8:05 AM

I just love how the result here was completely unexpected. Peaches are so great in baked goods, but I like your stepping out of the box here. This salad looks so fresh and wonderful! Peaches will be showing up around here soon and I can’t wait!

Jen Cheung June 5, 2010 at 8:48 PM

looks delicious! i never tried peach in my salad before! I will def try it out one day when I get a chance too 🙂


Anna June 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Oh Sarah, I didn’t… *sight* they are still feasting on my herbs…..Have a good weekend. 🙂

sarah June 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Hope you got the bugs. My chard was overtaken by some similar sounding bugs. The salad looks delicious. Sweet, salty, crunchy, yummy.
.-= sarah´s last blog ..Longing and Guilt =-.

Anna June 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Awww Christine, that sucks, have peach allergy….what about nectarines? That would work too. 😉

Anna June 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM

P/ colocar o banner vc tem que ser Feature Publisher, mas se vc colocar o banner deles vc nao pode por nenhum outro ad. Eles exigem exclusividade. Tenha um bom final de semana, beijos.

wannafoodie June 4, 2010 at 6:34 AM

I haven’t been able to eat peaches in years (a food allergy that I developed that still makes my heart and palate cry)… but this makes me want to pop an allergy pill and go to town!
.-= wannafoodie´s last blog ..Marinated Beef Tenderloin =-.

Tamy June 4, 2010 at 5:37 AM

Estou no foodbuzz sim. Mas ainda não sei usar muito bem o site. Como você fez para colocar o banner do foodbuzz no seu blog???


penny aka jeroxie June 4, 2010 at 4:22 AM

I still have not had fava beans before. Looks like such a pretty summer dish.
.-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog ..Meatless Mondays #23 – Quinoa with moroccan spiced vegetables =-.

Anna June 3, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Hi Amanda, what to do with those hoodlums? Maybe try Marly tips with the dishwashing soap. With luck they will go have dinner somewhere else. 😉

Anna June 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Oh Marly, you are lucky to have a peach tree in your backyard, that must be lovely. I’m going to try the dishwashing soap. And see what happens. Thank you for the tip. 🙂

Anna June 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Oi Tamy, foi a primeira vez que eu usei Fava beans ( nao sei o nome em portugues). Mas valeu a pena ficou muito bom. 🙂

Anna June 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Thanks Lauren, I really can’t remember now where I got them, I’m in between Fishs Eddy’s and Anthropologie store. I’m only sure it was in NY. Sorry about that. 🙂

The Cilantropist June 3, 2010 at 8:56 PM

What an interesting combination! The first photo of the peaches just made me want to *sigh* with comfort. 🙂

And as for bugs, I know exactly what you mean!!! I have the same problem, they are eating my basil leaves. And then, when they finally left (I didn’t really vanquish them as you had planned to do), now I have aphids. I just can’t win. 😛
.-= The Cilantropist´s last blog ..Making Ladyfingers or Savoiardi =-.

Marly June 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I love peaches but it reminds me of the peach tree in my backyard. I’m valiantly trying to protect the little peaches on the tree from squirrels. I’ve found a cayenne pepper concoction that seems to be doing the trick…for now. My dad always recommended dishwashing soap to get rid of bugs. I recently had some bugs on my roses and I used it and it worked. Just put a little bit of dishwashing liquid in with some water in a squirt bottle and go to town on your veggies. I hope that works!
.-= Marly´s last blog ..Reach: Taking Steps to Stretch Our Lives =-.

tamy June 3, 2010 at 3:39 PM

oi querida, essa eh uma receita q eu sempre quis fazer. Não gosto muito de pessego mas acho que a combinação de sabores deve ser ótima!!!!
.-= tamy´s last blog ..Em busca do blog perfeito =-.

Joanne June 3, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Maybe if you rub them with lots of garlic…or am I confusing them with real vampires. Hmmm.

Either way this peach and fava salad looks delicious! A combination I would never have put together. 😛
.-= Joanne´s last blog ..Ravioli with Brown Butter, Almonds, and Zucchini – Symon Sundays =-.

Cook with Madin June 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This salad looks great. We have a lot of fresh fave beans in the FM, I’ll make sure I’ll get some next time I go.

Lauren June 3, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Hey I really like your dish and was wondering where you got it! Thanks!

5 Star Foodie June 3, 2010 at 7:41 AM

What a unique beautiful salad! The combo of peaches and fava beans sounds amazing!
.-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Caprese Verrines =-.

Anna June 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM

Oh Biren…..the little bastards didn’t show their faces. I was so ready for them. LOL

Roti n Rice June 3, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Another beautiful salad! Your pictures make the food pop. I can imagine you nodding away while waiting for those bugs…hehe!
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C and C Dish June 3, 2010 at 4:34 AM

That sounds like a great combo…peaches and arugula probably taste great together, awesome pic!
.-= C and C Dish´s last blog ..Guacamole =-.

Mika June 3, 2010 at 3:33 AM

I have never read about this combination before…nice idea…
I love peaches with thyme and oregano and fava beans with cinnamon and ginger…I always eat them in that way, if they are fresh…never tried a salad…
So thanks! inspiring inspiring… ^_^
.-= Mika´s last blog ..Potatoes with huancaina sauce =-.

sweetlife June 2, 2010 at 11:43 PM

what a beautiful salad, oh fava beans and peaches what a great combo… lovely pic

.-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Charro Beans =-.

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