Fava beans are in season right now, and with the weather getting warmer, it's a good time to fire up the grill. I pulled mine out last week, and after acquiring a big bag of fresh fava beans at the farmer's market, I decided to throw some on the grill. Result: easy and delicious! After washing some fava bean pods, place them in a bowl and toss them with enough olive oil to coat the pods. Or, you can spray each pod with canola oil. Place them on the grill and allow each side to blacken. When the beans start pushing their way out of the pod, they're done. Place in a bowl and allow them to cool enough to the point where you can handle them, but still warm. You should be able to easily pop the beans out of the pods easily. In a smaller bowl, add some olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and salt, and mix well. Add the grilled fava beans to this and toss.
Enjoy! This goes well with a grilled steak and some wine or beer. (Images: Kathryn Hill)