Spring Fava Bean Hummus

apieceofrainbow3-1How does one know spring is here? From the warm sun, the little buds, and the abundance of Fava Beans! This dish is so simple, and it tastes like sweet spring.

We just gathered a huge bunch of Fava Beans from our garden! They are also available this time of year at the farmer’s market.

Shall we head to the kitchen?

apieceofrainbow3-1bapieceofrainbow3-2Ingredients (makes just over 2 cups):

  • 2 cups shelled fava beans (more on this process later)
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin oilve oil
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (depends on how soon you need to go to a meeting)
  • 10-15 mint or parsley leaves
  • salt to taste
  • optional spices: ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cumin

apieceofrainbow3-3 apieceofrainbow3-4apieceofrainbow3-4bapieceofrainbow3-5The first step may seem like a lot of work, but it goes pretty quickly, especially with help from family members, and it is worth it!

Get the beans out of the outer shell, blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and chill them in a bowl of cold water. Now the bright green chubby beans can be easily popped out of the skin.

They are quite sweet and irresistible, so if you have only one cup left after the process, please adjust the rest of the ingredients for step 2. =)

apieceofrainbow3-6apieceofrainbow3-7apieceofrainbow3-11Add the rest of the ingredients and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth, adjust seasoning as needed. They are delicious on toasted flat bread, pita bread, or chips. They are yummy as a dip, pasta sauce, or bruschetta spread. They can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Can’t tell you what happens after that since it never lasted that long!

apieceofrainbow3-12Happy spring and see you in a few days!


  1. u made my saturday !! great great job ! beautiful ideas and nice photos..u dont mind to share wat camera /lens o apps u used ? i wish to learn..thank u. i gt inspired now n wish to go home to try out ! luv ur blogs..

  2. I’ve totally been stalking a bunch of your posts and I love your blog! I actually just discovered Fava beans this year and I love them! Pinning this recipe for later

  3. ANANDA!!!! Fava beans are seriously my favorite thing to eat. EVER. I had them for the first time when I was in Barcelona a few years ago and I was like “what are these green bean thingys??”…… little did I know….. LOVE them. I now feast for the month or two they’re around each Spring and LIVE for those meals. In fact – you’ve inspired me to make the trek downtown to the market to go find some. I want to shovel a boat load into my homemade sweet potato infused scratch pasta tonight. Thank you.

    PS. Followed on Google+ . Are you on Instagram?? I live on there. When I’m not living for favas 😉

    • hi kristy! thank you so much! =) i am slower than a snail with setting up social media- just starting google+, instagram is up in 1-2 weeks, although your sweet potato pasta may tempt me to start earlier! will say hi when it’s up! xo

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