Sometimes we forget that Simple is Better. I do say that a lot, because sometimes we forget. As I write Nigella Lawson is being savaged for her “too simple” new cookbook. It is difficult to understand – Jamie Oliver didn’t face the same criticism with his 30 Minute Meals, 15 Minute Meals, or meals with just 5 ingredients. But we really have become used to complicated food – Ottolenghi, for example. His beautiful food cannot be called simple. Master Chef dishes are mind bogglingly complex. We all want to be Iron Chefs.
I *love* to get back to basics. Simple food, simply cooked, banging with uncomplicated flavours where the ingredient shines. Grilled Peppers with Olive Oil. A plate of Olives. Crumbled Feta. Cucumbers with Rice Vinegar. Green Beans with Garlic. A plate of Spinach. Yoghurt with Cumin. Crusty Bread. Grilled Eggplants. Steamed Potatoes. The list goes on and on. So today, this is a reminder that salt and pepper is often all that is needed.
The recipe today is a Broad Bean Salad, simple style. We add a second salad that takes the minimalistic version and adds olive oil, lemon juice and feta. It too is delicious without being overly complicated.
Both are great additions to a tapas spread or a mezze plate. They even make a great afternoon snack.
Other Broad Bean dishes to try are Orecchiette with Broad Beans, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, Young Broad Bean Pod Puree, Broad Beans with Crispy Garlic, Broad Bean Salad with Tomato and Thyme, and Glorious Five Bean Salad.
Also try Broad Beans with Lemon and Coriander.
Browse all of our Broad Bean dishes. Our Salads are here. Or check our our collection of Early Spring recipes.
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Spring brings us Broad Beans. Celebrate their freshness with this salad.
Oh the joy of Spring. Two pieces of that joy are the short season of the Broad Bean, and the arrival of ripe cumquats. Today we celebrate the Broad Bean with a quick salad.
Larger Broad Beans need to be twice peeled. That is, they are first removed from the pod, of course, and then each bean has their thick outer shell removed. This seems like a lot of work, but once you are on a roll, it happens quickly. I use a small, sharp knife to knick the outer skin, then a quick peel and the inner bean pops out. The inner bean is much gentler in taste, very delicious.
You can also make this salad at other times of the year – just use frozen broad beans, easily available from your supermarket. You can find them peeled and unpeeled. Go for the peeled ones if you can find them – much easier and definitely quicker.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Fava Bean Salad with Garlic and Dill, Green Papaya, Snake Bean and Tomato Salad, Broad Bean and Dill Rice Orecchiette with Broad Beans, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, Broad Beans Mezze, Ensalada, Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Broad Beans with Fresh Pecorino, and Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad.
Browse all of our Broad Bean recipes, our Tomato Salads, and all of our Salads. And explore our Mid Spring dishes.
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Last Spring I fell in love with Broad Beans. Always a hated vegetable, we decided to spend time exploring them. To take the time to treat them properly. And fall in love I did. So this year, I am growing my own.
This recipe is a very quick dish once the beans have been podded and the individual beans have had their thick peel removed. It is a good idea to peel them when you have time, for example while watching TV at night, then pop them in the fridge, ready to be used the next day for a quick dish or snack.
Similar recipes include Broad Beans with Parmesan, Basil and Garlic Chips, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, Broad Beans Mezze, Tomato and Broad Bean Salad, Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad with Tomato and Thyme, Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Also try Broad Beans with Lemon and Coriander.
You might like to browse our other Broad Bean recipes and our other Snacks. All of our Salads are here. Or explore our collection of Late Spring recipes.
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I admit it. I have had an aversion to broad beans since childhood. We seem to have grown them by the bushel as I was growing up, and we ate them with every meal, often in their pods, boiled and boiled and boiled. Over the ensuing years I have tried to fall in love with them. I have even grown them myself. But that taste, and the childhood associations would not go away.
This year, with a wonderful Italian green grocery near me, I resolved to try again. Putting a lot of effort into treating them properly, I double peeled them while watching TV in the evenings, ready to work with them in the morning.
The efforts have been rewarded. I am now loving these wonderful, short-seasoned beans. I will be quite sad when their season is over (but I have discovered that frozen broad beans are available, and they are particularly good).
Are you looking for similar Broad Bean recipes? Try Red Radish and Broad Bean Salad, Broad Beans with Parmesan, Basil and Garlic Chips, Broad Beans Mezze, Tomato and Broad Bean Salad, Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt, Broad Beans with Crispy Garlic, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Try these beauties too: Glorious Five Bean Salad, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.
Browse all of our Broad Bean dishes, and our Tomato Salads. All of our Salad recipes are here. Or take some time to explore our Mid Spring dishes.
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In this up-and-down weather at the moment, one day 38C, the next down to 20C, Summer trying to heat up but seemingly running out of fuel. We need to vary our food according to weather – when H O T , we do very very cooling dishes, when it cools we look for a little more substance.
Just right for the cooler Summer days is a Five Bean Salad – the beans add substance but it is still a salad, full of the tang of lemon and olive oil, Summery full of parsley.
Are you after similar dishes? Try Pan Fried Broad Beans with Tomatoes and Thyme, Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Some more Salads for you – we have so many! Try a Simple but Delicious Chickpea Salad, Easy White Bean Salad, Sprouted White Pea Sundal and Fava Bean Puree with Dill.
You might like to explore our recipes for Chickpeas, Cannellini Beans, Kidney Beans, Green Beans and Broad Beans. All of our Salads are here and here. Or browse our easy Early Summer dishes.
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