Pea, Fava Bean, Arugula and Pancetta Salad

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: September 9, 2019

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This is a simple salad with an incredible Pea and Pecorino Citrus Dressing. You can source most of the ingredients year-round, and there are plenty of substitutes and add-ons you can experiment with – think about adding some tangerine slices or dried bing cherries.


1 ½  cups              Snow peas (shelled)

1 ½  cups              Fava Beans

2 cups                   Arugula (stems removed)

1 cup                     Pancetta (cubed into lardoons) (bacon can be used as a substitute)

½ cup                    Pecorino (grated)

½ cup                    Parmesan (grated)

2 cloves                 Garlic

1 tbsp                    Shallot (minced)

1                            Juice from lemon

¼ cup                    Olive Oil (best quality available)

¼ cup                    Pine nuts




  1. Cook pancetta until just done. Remove to paper towel to cool. Add 1 minced clove of garlic and shallot to fat and cook for 2 minutes. Strain from fat and set on paper towel to cool.
  2. Flash boil (large pot of boiling, roiling water) for 30 seconds, the peas and fava beans. Immediately immerse in ice water bath – chill for 1 minute. Remove, pat dry with paper towels, and place in a non-reactive bowl. Add the juice of one lemon and toss. Strain (retain lemon juice).
  3. Combine pine nuts, arugula, 1 cup of peas, fava beans, pancetta, cooked garlic and shallot. Chill for 15 minutes in refrigerator.
  4. Make the dressing: Combine ½ cup peas, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic (loosely chopped), pinch of salt and ½ tsp of ground black pepper, and cheeses in a blender. Pulse until pasty. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while pureeing until dressing emulsifies. Chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Toss salad and dressing immediately before plating. Serve on chilled plates. Sprinkle with a little bit of grated pecorino.


Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  10 minutes


Serves 8

Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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