Broad bean, fennel, mint, lemon and parmesan salad

Broad bean, fennel, mint, lemon and parmesan salad

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Serves
2

This is the kind of dish I make when there are clouds lazily bobbing across a blue sky and it’s warm enough to peg your trousers around your calves. It’s a quick pull-together salad which also manages to look quite smart. Here are some other winning features: it takes just as much time to make as it does to soft-boil an egg. It’s delicious with a sun-shiny yolk strewn over the top. It’s also grand on its own as a side for barbecued chicken, prawns, and both pink and white fish.

What you’ve got is a restrained balance of flavours – the mild aniseed of the fennel mellowed in olive oil, the sweetness of broad beans (frozen are fine – we’ve all got better things to do than pod beans), the richness of Parmesan and a breath of fresh air from the mint and lemon.

If you haven’t got a mandolin, I recommend using a vegetable peeler or the shaving attachment on your food processor to try and get the right sort of thickness in the fennel. Fat hunks just won’t cut it here. If it’s a big mouthful of aniseed you’re after, you’d be better off munching some black liquorice for dessert.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 fennel bulb, finely shaved on a mandolin, with waft y green fennel tops reserved
200g fresh or frozen broad beans
1/2 lemon, grated zest and juiced
handful fresh mint, finely chopped
30g parmesan, shaved
3 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Trim the bottom off the fennel. Put the mandolin on the slimmest setting you can get and carefully shave the fennel onto a plate.
  2. If using frozen broad beans, gently steam them to defrost them.
  3. Combine the fennel shavings, fennel tops and beans with the lemon zest, the mint and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Make a dressing by combining the olive oil and lemon juice, then drizzle it over the salad.
Tags:
healthy
low carb
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