Umami dressed bean salad

This summer salad, inspired by Hodmedod’s British-grown pulses, has plenty of oomph provided by the fabulous depth of the Fava Umami Paste used for the dressing. It’s is a great dish to prepare ahead; unlike most salads, it gets better after a few hours.


Umami dressing
• 75ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and cut in half
• 1-2 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
• ½ tbsp Maple Syrup
• ½ tbsp Fava Umami Paste
• A good grind of Black Pepper

The salad
• 300g Cooked Whole Beans such as Red Haricots or Fava Beans
• 200g French Beans, trimmed of stalks
• 200g Runner Beans, de-strung and sliced
• 200g Mangetout
• 200g Podded Fresh Peas
• 200g Podded Fresh Broad Beans
• Handful of Parsley
• Handful of Mint

1. Warm the olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan until you begin to smell the garlic (the idea is to infuse the oil rather than fry the garlic).
2. Remove the garlic, chop finely and spoon into a jar with a tightly fitting lid. Add the oil along with the remaining dressing ingredients, shake to bring everything together. Taste, you may like to tinker around with the balance, add a little salt if you like but the Umami paste brings so much salty, savoury depth that I doubt you will need it.
3. Warm the pulses in their cooking juices or any liquid from the tin, drain and then pour over the umami dressing. The warmed pulses will sup up the flavours beautifully.
4. Now blanch or steam your green veg’, just until tender and then plunge into cold water to keep the vibrant colour. If you are using frozen peas or beans they will need less than a minute in boiling water from frozen
5. It really is worth double-podding your broad beans to reveal the dazzlingly bright, sweet flesh within.
6. Chop the mint and parsley roughly.
7. Mix the greens carefully with the dressed beans and herbs (keeping a few leaves back to garnish the salad with just before serving)
8. And of course, you could add sunblush tomatoes, radishes, asparagus, new potatoes, quinoa, pearled spelt or any other bits you feel like.

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