The best broad bean salad

A real taste of spring

The best broad bean salad

The best broad bean salad

Serves Serves 4
Time Cooks In15 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 82 4%
  • Fat 4.5g 6%
  • Saturates 2g 10%
  • Sugars 0.4g 0%
  • Salt 1.44g 24%
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Carbs 1.4g 1%
  • Fibre 1g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 2-3 large handfuls shelled broad beans
  • 1 small handful pecorino , roughly chopped or roughly grated
  • 1 lemon , finely grated zest and juice of
  • 1 splash extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • sea salt
  • 75 g quality Spanish ham, such as pata negra , roughly torn
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  1. Separate the broad beans into 2 piles – big and small. Drop the big ones into boiling water for 1 minute and then put them aside to cool down. Pop them out of their shells when they’re cool enough to handle.
  2. Roughly mash the blanched broad beans – you can do this with a food processor, chop them up with a knife or crush them in a pestle and mortar. Mix together with the small raw beans, the pecorino, lemon juice, oil and some of the mint, finely chopped.
  3. Season to taste, then serve with the torn ham, a final zesting of lemon and the rest of the mint ripped up and scattered over the top.