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Broad bean salad with feta and mixed grains

broad bean salad with cherry tomatoes and mixer grains |

It will probably be one of the last batches of broad beans. These were already past their prime and a bit too big for my taste. When it comes to broadbeans I find big tends to stand for ‘ not so tasty’. The best broad beans for me are the small ones, the very young ones at the beginning of the season. But peeling them twice does miracles and so that made these last broad beans good to eat. The whole salad was pretty good to eat and if you’re looking for a good and healthy lunch than try it! In the package I received last week from Kroon op t werk there was a gorgeous box full of  honey tomatoes. These are so good, that you just want to keep popping them into your mouth (and thankfully there were enough in the box to do so) but they’re brilliant in a salad too.

broad beans cleaned an ready to be cooked |

cleaning the broad beans

In the meantime I will be trying to blog a little less than I have been doing for the past months. Let’s say every other day to start with. I am also running Papertravels now and a person can only do so much in any given day or week. I did a little questionaire and the outcome wasn’t really very conclusive as I think there was just about as much people that liked the daily posts and as much that would like a little less often. So I’m just gonna try and see what works best for me. If I start to get withdrawal symptoms you will soon find out… Lol..

broad beans salad with feta

And then… I just know you are dying to find out where I got these lovely new backgrounds from.. And I will tell you the secret. I had read somewhere (and I honestly can’t remember where) that they had bought backgrounds through Etsy at Swanky Prints and I had to go and check it out and bought quite a few new backgrounds. And that’s what you’re seeing in the pictures. Or at least two of the ones I bought. They’re vinyl and not wood and perfect! Saves a lot of space I can tell you that.

broad beans salad with feta and grains |

It’s not very cheap but if you live in the US it will be easier to get. If you don’t live in the US keep in mind that you will need to pay import duties and such and shipping charges too ofcourse. But I thought it was worth it. Now over to the recipe!

Broad bean salad with feta and honey tomatoes

Yield: 1


  • 75 gr mixed grains
  • 1 kg of unpeeled broad beans (which will leave you about 100-200 gr of finished beans)
  • 100 gr green peas
  • some feta
  • handful of honey tomatoes
  • mint
  • handful of hazelnuts
  • radish


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp mango azijn
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 tbsp of honey


  1. Cook the grains according to the instructions on the package, drain and leave to cool.
  2. Cook the broad beans for about 3 minutes together with the green peas, rinse and leave to cool. Remove the outer layer of the broad beans if you want.
  3. Cut the tomatoes and the radish in quarters
  4. Roast the hazelnuts in a thin layer of oil and leave to drain on kitchen peper.
  5. Put the grains and the beans together in a large bowl. Add the radish and tomatoes and stir the dressing through it.
  6. When you're ready to serve sprinkle with the roasted hazelnuts and crumble a bit of the feta on top.

About Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer

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7 Responses to “Broad bean salad with feta and mixed grains”

  1. Karin@yumandmore posted July 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love this combination Simone, I think the hazelnuts are the clue!


  2. John@Kitchen Riffs posted July 10, 2014 at 12:38 am

    When broad beans get too big, they’re not quite as tasty, are they? At least not to me. Anyway, lovely dish. I’ve seen other people refer to these backgrounds, but have resisted thus far. I actually have some nice wood that I need to finish for backgrounds, but I keep finding other things to do with my time — maybe I should just break down and buy the backgrounds!


  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted July 11, 2014 at 4:24 am

    What a colorful, healthy lunch!


  4. Rosa posted July 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Colorful and appetizing! This healthy salad must taste fantastic.




  5. Carrie Pacini posted July 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Your salad looks really good. I am inspired by it. I love all of the color.


  6. Terra posted July 15, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Another lovely Summer salad, definitely had to pin them! I have found Broad beans at my farmers market, but really didn’t know how to use them. This recipe looks delicious, Hugs, Terra


    • Simone van den Berg replied on July 17th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Terra! Yes I do love broadbeans, although when they are this big, it is a bit essential to double peel them so you have the bright green small pea inside!

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