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Asparagus, Fava Bean, Egg & Parmesan Salad – Recipe!

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Spring is the time to take advantage of all your senses, whether it be through sight, sound, or taste; like  with the impressive flavors of the season.  Freshness and color are a great thing to observe during the next few weeks, just before summer brings heat and humidity.  If you’ll notice, delicate green vegetables take-on different characteristics – a little bit heartier with the abundant sunshine of our longer days.

Asparagus and Fava Beans are definitely a gift from nature and right now is the perfect time to appreciate all they have to offer.  The sweetness, though slight, is divine on the tongue and with a dab of vinaigrette to contrast the taste, pop with extraordinary savor.  The combination of the two are quite different in their own way, even though the colors resemble each other – one is creamy and soft, while the other has fibrous crunch.

Make no mistake this salad will be of great recollection – eating on your patio with a nice breeze in the air, enjoying all your senses, but especially your palate.  A crisp glass of white wine with friends and great conversation will enhance the experience.

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Ingredients

1 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed

1/2 pound fresh fava beans, about 15 – removed from pods

2 eggs

1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Vinaigrette

1/2 shallot

1/3 preserved lemon or zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup good olive oil

pinch of salt & pepper

(Serves 2-4)

To Prepare:

1. Blanch asparagus and fava beans in boiling water, about 3-4 minutes.  Immediately drop into an ice bath to stop cooking.  Peel fava beans from their outer husk, set aside.  Pat dry asparagus spears.

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2. Boil eggs ( I may have made a few extras for snacks) and place in an ice bath to cool.  Mince shallot and preserved lemon, set aside.  In a small bowl, add all vinaigrette ingredients and whisk until creamy.

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3. Rough chop eggs and shave parmesan cheese.  On a platter, arrange asparagus and fava beans.  Layer eggs and shaved parmesan over top, and drizzle with vinaigrette.  Enjoy!

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