escarole salad with fava beans and salami
insalata di scarola con fave e salame
This springtime salad features favas and a gently cooked egg. Striking to look at, no?
- 2 cups shelled fresh fava beans
- (2 to 2 1/4 pounds in pods)
- 4 large eggs
- Fine sea salt
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme plus whole leaves for sprinkling
- 3/4 pound escarole, tough ribs and outer leaves discarded and inner leaves and tender ribs torn (8 cups)
- 3 ounces sliced salami, cut into thin strips
- Flakey coarse sea salt
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans and cook for 1 minute; immediately transfer with slotted spoon
to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking (reserve cooking liquid). Drain beans, then gently peel and discard skins.
Return beans to their cooking liquid and simmer until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
Pierce larger round end of eggs with egg prick or safety pin, then place in a saucepan just large enough so that eggs sit in a single layer. Fill pan with tepid water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Add 1 teaspoon fine sea salt. Over high heat, bring water just to a low boil, then remove from heat, transfer pan to a cold burner and cover. Begin timing immediately, 5 minutes for a gently boiled egg.
Transfer the cooked eggs to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking; let cool completely. On a work surface, gently tap boiled eggs all over to crack. Peel under cold running water.
In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and thyme. Add greens and toss to coat leaves with dressing, then divide salad among serving plates. Sprinkle salads with beans and salami. Cut eggs in half and arrange alongside salads. Crush flakey coarse sea salt over the top.
Photo by Ellen Silverman
Food styling by Maggie Ruggiero; prop styling by Amy Wilson
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