We really enjoyed this salad today. The colors look great and remind us of the coming springtime. The tahini dressing goes very nicely with the salad.

Fava bean and Spinach Salad

Serving Size: 2


for the salad:

  • 1 cup (about 4 oz) frozen shelled fava beans (broad beans)
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach leaves, trimmed and washed
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled soy cheese

for the tahini dressing:

  • 1 /3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar, agave or maple syrup


to prepare the salad:

  1. Bring a small pot of lightly salted water to boil.
  2. Blanche the froze fava beans until they float.
  3. Rinse with cold water and remove the shells.
  4. Clean and trim the spinach.
  5. Toast the sunflower seeds or pine nuts.
  6. Mince the red onion.
  7. Finely chop or crumble the soy cheese.
  8. Place the ingredients for the salad on individual salad plates.

to prepare the dressing:

  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Season to taste with extra lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  3. Serve in a cruet for people to serve themselves.