Broad Bean Salad


Prep time: 
20 minutes


This simple spring salad combines broad beans with mint, garlic, lemon and cheese for a bright and fresh dish


  • 140g broad beans
  • 0.5 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 25g spinach
  • 25g rocket
  • 25g watercress
  • handful of mint leaves, picked
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 40g strong cheese, hard variety, shaved


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Drop in the broad beans and simmer for two to three minutes, until they are tender.
  2. Drain, transfer to a bowl and add the lemon zest.
  3. Roughly chop and crush the garlic clove, using the flat blade of a chunky, sharp knife.
  4. Scoop the smashed-up garlic into a jar, add the lemon juice and oil, then screw the lid on and shake well to make the dressing.
  5. Toss the beans with the spinach, rocket and watercress, and the whole mint leaves. Dress, season with salt and pepper, and top with the cheese shavings.

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