Warm Frisée and Fava Bean Salad

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A type of chicory with fine, frilly leaves and a blanched heart, frisée has a gentle bitterness that complements sweet fava beans. Look for a small head of frisée with a lot of white or pale yellow heart, and tear the leaves into small pieces so they’re easy to eat.


Cooking Methodsauteeing



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer

Mealbrunch, lunch

Taste and Texturecrisp, herby, savory

Type of Dishsalad, warm salad


  • 2 pounds fava beans
  • 2 ounces pancetta (1 slice, ¼ inch thick), sliced crosswise in ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ¼ pound young, tender frisee torn into very small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


To double-peel fava beans:

Shell the beans. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add beans and boil 2 minutes if large, 1 minute if small; drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain when cool, then remove the outer skin from each bean by pinching open the end of the bean opposite the end that connected it to the pod. The peeled bean will slip out easily. You should have about 1 to 1¼ cups peeled beans.

Saute pancetta in olive oil in a skillet over moderately low heat until it renders most of its fat and begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Add shallots and sauté until softened, about 1 minute.

Put frisée in a serving bowl. Add contents of skillet, parsley and vinegar.

Toss well, then add favas, season with salt and pepper and toss again.

Taste and adjust seasoning.



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