Fava Bean Panzanella Salad with Burrata

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Fava Bean Panzanella Salad

Sometimes I just get the urge for crazy and drastic change. Like, maybe chopping my hair all off and having a pixie cut like Michelle Williams or marching into Barney’s and buying a dream bag or moving to a new city where I know no one.

Dreaming about moving to a new city has been doing it for me lately. I’ve been thinking about how awesome it would be to eat in new-to-me restaurants, visit new parks, museums and just create a whole new routine for life. And even the prospect of making new friends in this very new town makes me really excited. Of course Amelia and my dude would come along, too. I have a feeling that Amelia would aide greatly in the whole making new friends department.

This is probably a pipe-dream. I mean, I love Los Angeles, but I’ve been a-dreamin’ lately, hard. And it’s fun.

Fava Beans On A Baking Sheet

A few cities I have on my brain? In no particular order:

1. Portland, Oregon. I’ve never been but I all I want to do is eat at Beast, visit all the food carts and check out Weiden-Kennedy.

2. Seattle, Washington. It might be the eternal thirteen-year-old Nirvana fan but I love that city. It makes me wanna sit in a cafe wearing 90s, burgundy lipstick, listen to angsty music and drink coffee, which is basically my dream.

3. Atlanta, Georgia. I was born in Atlanta. And my parents grew up there, met, fell in love and had yours truly in this city. But so much has changed. It’s not the same city I once knew, so it’d be nice to revisit it and explore all its new restaurants, new shops, new life. Also, Nene is my favorite housewife ever.

What city do you daydream about visiting/living? I know you must have at least one.

Fava Beans On A Baking Sheet

This salad is a take on a panzanella salad, but with fava beans, blood orange segments and the greatest cheese known to man (this might be a stretch): burrata.

Burrata is like the marshmallow of the cheese world. It’s light and fluffy and omgsogood.

This salad is as easy as salads should be except there is the whole fava bean thing.

Fava beans are kind of a thing. I roasted them first, steaming them in their own pods, pushed them out of their pods and then shucked them again.

Fava Bean Panzanella Salad

Oh! Oh! If you find yourself at the farmer’s market or the grocery store and are picking fava beans, go for the small ones with the smooth skin. Avoid the super big favas with beans that are bulging–those are generally more bitter. Also, the smaller ones usually don’t need to be shucked twice which means a tad bit less work. Win.

Oh and since I’m me, this salad has butter in it. Please don’t be offended.

Fava Bean Panzanella Salad

Fava Bean Panzanella with Burrata

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1 1/2 pounds fava beans
1 shallot
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
Olive Oil
1/2 loaf french bread, cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
Salt
Pepper
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons minced fresh dill
1 blood orange, segmented
4 ounces burrata, removed from casing and torn into a few pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the fava beans and shallot out onto a baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. You’ll know the fava beans are done when their shells appear weathered and a little wrinkly. Allow the fava beans to cool slightly, about 5 minutes, before handling.

2. To a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with a two teaspoons of olive oil. Add the bread, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the bread is lightly golden brown on all sides. Transfer the bread to a bowl and set aside.

3. To shell the fava beans, snip off their tops with a knife; squeeze from the bottom of the pod, pushing out all of the beans. The small ones don’t need to be shucked twice, but the bigger ones do. Take your nail, and gently rip off the tops, peeling away the outer shell. Inside will be a bright green bean. Repeat until you’ve gone through all of the beans. Next, remove the outer shell of the shallot and mince.

4. To the same skillet you cooked the bread in, add the minced shallot, the remaining 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, red wine vinegar and fava beans. Cook over medium-low, mixing the entire time, adding a pinch of two of salt and pepper, for about 2-3 minutes. Add the dill and bread, tossing everything together. Transfer the salad to a plate. Top with the segments of blood orange and the burrata. Serve warm.

Serves 4 as a side salad; Serves 2 as a main salad

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Marie @ Little Kitchie April 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

Don’t think it’s a stretch calling burrata the greatest cheese known to man – I’m tracking’ with ya! This salad looks awesome!

I’ve been dreaming of Charleston (always dreaming of Charleston, actually). Love everything about it!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

Charleston is a looker.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe April 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

Salads are my go-to lunch during Spring and Summer and this looks delicious and a little bit different from the usual…which makes it even yummier!

xo, Elisa

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Lisa the Gourmet Wog April 17, 2013 at 4:40 am

What a wonderful combination, looks like a gorgeous Spring salad :)

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Lisa April 17, 2013 at 4:50 am

I used to live in charleston. I grew up and went to college there. Over 10 years later, I still dream about living there again.

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Tieghan April 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

yum, yum yum!! I want this for dinner or lunch!

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tina April 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

wow! i would never think of adding citrus to this! u never cease to amaze me! sooooo genius of u! oh i totally urge u to get ur dream bag (its a requirement)

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Bev @ Bev Cooks April 17, 2013 at 6:28 am

I’ve never been to Portland either but have aaaaaalways wanted to go! And I’ve never had burrata either but have aaaaaaalways wanted to inhale it.

Doin’ this.

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Danijela April 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

I’ve been dreaming of Rome, Italy. Beautiful city. Just like this recipe – so refreshing!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh good gracious yes. Rome.

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Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life April 17, 2013 at 6:50 am

I love that you tossed in a blood orange. Looks delish! And, London, Atlanta, and LA… I love my little town, but the idea of a fresh start, a new routine, new people and places can all be so appealing…

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Margarita April 17, 2013 at 7:53 am

You will love Portland! It’s one of my favorite places ever… No nonsense people, friendly, great food, lots of yoga, and just fun! I love this burrata too… Staying at home making this and eating it will be just as good as Portland. :)

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Aurinko April 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

This looks so flavorful!

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Karla @ Foodologie April 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

I generally want to chop my hair all off once a year. Every few years I get the nerve to actually do it. Last time I did it was in 2008, it might happen again soon. As for moving to a new city. I think about it all the time. In the last three years I’ve lived in the Bay area, central NY, Rome and SoCal. Moving is fun, but I’m excited to stay in one place.

Also, I can’t tell you how much I want this for lunch. Delivery?

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

The bay area would be on my list. I love that part of CA.

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Cate Keesling April 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

Come to Portland!!

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LeAnnWoo April 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’m 15 minutes south of Portland. :) I have to say it’s very nice here but it is a little bit of a shock weather wise and personality wise. We are pretty easy going here and have no problem wearing leather sandals and messenger bags. :)

I was visiting in Santa Monica area a couple of years ago and felt a little odd to have my across the shoulder purse as everyone had healed sandals and little bags that hung from their forearm that was always up in the air in a very sophisticated way. :)

Move here and I’ll be one of your new friends. I’ll even let my pug Olive come visit! :)

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

I don’t live in that part of Los Angeles. I live in Echo Park which is the jeans-t-shirts- taco trucks-band practice-part of town.

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Nicole meyer April 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love LOVE everything about this dish and your blog… I lived in Portland my whole life till 2011. Now Im in SoCal and although somedays I really miss my hometown and all of its amazing food , art and friendly peoples, you can not beat the weather here. Portland is most def a great place to visit! I think its most beautiful in early Sept.

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

The weather in LA today is ridiculous. Amazing. And that’s good to know. I need to get to Portland for a weekend in Sept. Noted!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

This sound soooo good! Love that Burrata on there :)

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Stacey April 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

You would love Austin! Austin would love you! Also, Amelia :) Tex-Mex and sunshine por vida.

I’ve been getting this urge to up and move to Colorado. Or Tennessee. Or North Carolina.

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Rachelle April 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

My (then) boyfriend (now fiance) and I basically decided we wanted to move, picked a place and got an apartment in the span of about a month. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!

We’re both from the bay area and ended up in Denver after some serious discussion of Portland. I love Denver, but FYI it’s under 30 degrees and snowing… in mid-April. Not cool. i guess the 300 days of sunshine per year make up for the random cold spurts.

Also, where do you buy your burrata? Is it a specialty farmer’s market item or can you pick it up at Whole Foods? Or are you just that awesome that you have homemade burrata lying around?

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Do not do the drastic pixie cut. I just started growing mine out and it is taking forever! Your hair is so long and pretty, trust me, you will miss it. I too long to live in Seattle. A BFF of mine just moved there and I am itching to go visit her. This panzanella!!! The burrata… you cannot go wrong with that amazing cheese.

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Sophie April 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Yes, do come visit Portland! September is wonderful, not too warm, and before the Rainy Season. I will take you to some of my favorite places to eat! Or, give you some recommendations to run with. Amelia would love it… dogs are happy here, I like to think :)

This salad is right up my alley… I adore panzanella, and fava beans are my JAMMM this time of year! They are so much work sometimes, shucking twice, but man are they worth it. My local farmer’s market opens in May… cannot wait!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) April 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I totally day dream like this all the time too! My dream places to pack up and move to are:

1) Paris. I always imagine living in an old, apartment with high ceilings, and visiting coffee shops and boulangeries. It sounds wonderful, haha

2) Seattle! Never been, but for some reason, that city sounds really appealing to me. Even despite the rain.

3) San Francisco all the way!

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Jayne April 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I’ve never been to many places in the world. One place I dream of going to is New Zealand, preferably on the South Island. And Switzerland. Something about the green landscape, dramatic mountains and glassy seas make my heart pitter-patter. One day! One day I shall be in either one (or both!) these places. Also, butter in salad. Psh! Those are the best kinds.

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

I don’t think I have ever seen fava beans look so darn tasty before. This salad looks so incredible.

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen April 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

I am always dreaming about moving to a new city, and currently it’s between Seattle and San Francisco. I also wonder what it’d be like to live in another country, especially Australia, where my family lives. Now if only I didn’t have that pesky “job” issue…

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Jen @ Fresh From The... April 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I’m from Portland originally, moved to LA some years ago, and I totally half the time still wish I could move back! Maybe someday, though I have to admit that sometimes it’s nice to kinda know what the weather’s going to be every day without having to actually check here. But I do love me some rain!

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Michelle April 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love Portland so much that you’d have to move me to a foreign country to get me dreamin’. I’d LOVE to live in Milan or Amsterdam. I loved both of those cities so incredibly much.

Butter and burrata make everything better. Everything.

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Juliana April 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Burrata is my new obsession! I recently took a stab at making it from scratch, but I decided to fill it with feta and put it on top of a melon salad. It was the perfect light + refreshing dish. This panzanella salad sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to make it for a picnic this summer! Thanks for the inspiration and here is a link to my burrata-inspired recipe…

http://www.piecelovecooking.com/2013/04/summer-staples-mosaic-melon-salad-with.html

Always loving your blog and its recipes,
Juliana from Piece, Love, & Cooking

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Juliana April 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Also, I was born & raised in Atlanta, GA as well and loved every minute of it. I know live in Savannah, GA and can’t imagine leaving, but if I were going to, all of your choices sound awesome! But I don’t think I could ever leave the beloved South… ha, that’s how a bunch of us feel :)

XOXO,
Juliana

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Iris April 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been dying to go to portland and Astoria to see the home the Goonies were filmed.

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Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up April 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I have been dreaming of moving to Seattle and lucky me, I move in less than too months. EEK. I am sure you would love it and its rainy coffee goodness.

And this panzanella has had me thinking of panzanella all week.

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Kristin May 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

For me it’s San Francisco — I’ve been dreaming for years but still have never been!

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Sarah July 25, 2013 at 4:49 am

Scrumptious! This salad was light and refreshing. I love anything with fava bean and the burrata in the dressing is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration. I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Unusual Recipes with Bread on AllFreshRecipes, expect ur MORE recipes!

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