Insalata di Borlotti Freschi

Salad of Fresh Borlotti Beans

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Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

By Alastair Little

Published 1996

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This dish can also be made with any reconstituted dried bean; it’s particularly good with dried broad beans. The amount of beans here will do two bean dishes; for a purée of the remainder, see Bruschetta.


  • 2 kg fresh borlotti beans in the pod
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf


Pod the beans, cover them with water, bring to the boil and skim. Turn the heat down to a simmer, then add the garlic, bay and chilli, and simmer until the beans are fully cooked, about 40 minutes. When they are cooked, set aside in their liquor.

Prepare the vegetables, cutting them into very fine dice. Make the gremolata, using the zest of the lemon, then juice the lemon.

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