Fava Bean and Fresh Mint Spread

A simple, yet classy, appetizer or snack using refreshing seasonal produce. Fava beans require extra prep time, but the nutty taste and silky texture makes them worth the extra effort!

Makes about 2 cups


  • 2 pounds fresh young fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Add beans to boiling water for 1-2 minutes until just softened. Drain and remove fava beans from the outer pod and then peel shell from each individual bean.

Pulse beans with lemon juice and add olive oil slowly until texture is smooth.

Blend in mint and salt until incorporated.

Serve with chopped local spring vegetables (radishes nicely complement the spread) or toasted bread and garnish with remaining mint sprigs.