Sometimes I find food intimidating.  I look at something and I think, “how in the hell are you suppose to cook that?!?”  Of course, the internet can be handy when it comes to these predicaments but still, I have my doubts.

Last year when I first saw fava beans, I had that thought.  I couldn’t get past the ugly exterior and had no idea where to even start.  Luckily, the internet didn’t fail me and I soon learned to love fava beans.  In fact, I loved them so much that I couldn’t wait to get more this year.

Once you get past the exterior, you find a few delicious beans inside.  When sauteed with a bit of butter, salt, pepper, and garlic- these beans are amazing.  So, I took these beans one step further, sauteed them and then tossed them with two of my other favorite things: garbanzo beans and quinoa.  Not only is this power-packed nutrition, the combination is delicious!

So, don’t be scared of how these beans looks.  I promise that you will be happy that you tried them.  I can’t wait to get another batch- next time I am going to try Heidi’s grilled fava beans!

Fava Bean and Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Serves 2


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound fava beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans
  • extra olive oil for topping


  1. Soak quinoa in water for 15 minutes. Drain, add back to the pot, and add in water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 15 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is soaking, shell the fava beans. If you are using older beans, you may want to bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the fava beans to be able to shell again. 
  3. While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, cooking for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in fava beans, garbanzo beans, and rosemary and reduce heat to medium-low heat. Continue to cook until beans are cooked through, another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir into cooked quinoa. Dish into bowls and drizzle a olive oil on top. Add cheese if desired (I would recommend feta!)


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