Broad Bean & Pea Salad

It's finally salad season and this broad bean and pea mix is a guaranteed crowdpleaser – be it for a light al fresco supper or a side dish for your weekend BBQ. Added mozzarella and crispy Parma ham add a decadent finish.

Serves

6

Difficulty

Easy

Total Time

30 Minutes

Ingredients

250g of fresh or frozen broad beans, skins removed
150g of frozen peas
A handful of mint leaves
Zest of 2 lemons
1 garlic clove, crushed
Olive oil
250g of good mozzarella or – even better – burrata
6 slices of Parma ham (the cheapest you can find) or pancetta
50g shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped
Salt and pepper

Method

Step 1

Mix the beans and peas together and, if frozen, leave them to defrost.

Step 2

Pat them dry and mix with the mint and lemon zest, garlic, some olive oil and seasoning.

Step 3

Arrange on a serving plate with the torn mozzarella or the burrata.

Step 4

Cook the Parma ham in a hot oven until it is very crispy. Then crumble it up and scatter it and the pistachios all over the top of the salad.

COOK'S TIP: If you're using broad beans, either fresh or frozen, it's really important to peel off their coats. Cover them in boiling water for a few minutes and they will come off very easily. The effort is worth it, as the beans look beautiful and taste delicious. However, if you are short of time, use soya beans. I don’t bother to cook either kind of bean, nor indeed the peas.

Recipe courtesy of Le Rouzet: An English Cook in France

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