Green Olive Dressed Salad with Mussels and Fava Beans

Ensalada con Aceitunas, Mejillones y Habas
From Season 8,  Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 6


  • Green Olive Dressing
  • 2fresh poblano chiles, divided use
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1cup fruity olive oil
  • 1/2cup pitted green olives (we like manzanilla), plus 1/4 cup for garnish (optional)
  • Salt
  • Finishing the dish
  • 1 1/2cup dry white wine
  • 36 tightly closed mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
  • 1/2pound fresh fava beans, hulled, unpeeled
  • 6cups mixed baby greens (about 1/2 pound)


  1. Prepare the dressing. Roast the poblanos directly over a flame or 4 inches below a very hot broiler, turning frequently, until blackened all over, about 5 minutes for the open flame, 10 minutes under the broiler. Cool under a kitchen towel until handleable, then rub off the skin, pull out the stem and seed pod. Rinse the chile to remove remaining bits of skin and seeds. Roughly chop one of the chiles and place it in a blender jar. Finely chop the other poblano and set aside to use as a garnish for the salad.
    Over medium heat, roast the unpeeled garlic in a small dry skillet until it is soft and blackened in spots, about 15 minutes. Cool, slip off the papery skins and add the garlic to the blender. Pour in the lime juice and olive oil along with 1/2 cup of the olives and 1 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth.
  2. Steam the mussels. Set a large (8 quart) stockpot over high heat and pour in the wine. When it comes to a boil, add the mussels and stir. Cover and boil until the shells have opened, usually around 7 minutes. Scoop out the mussels with a slotted spoon and cool. Remove the top shell, leaving the mussel in the bottom half of the shell. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
  3. Roast the fava beans. In a medium (8- to 9-inch) skillet over medium heat, roast the fava beans until they’re soft and blackened in spots, about 10 minutes. Cool, peel and set aside.
  4. Assemble the salad. Scoop the mixed greens into a large bowl and lightly dress them with the Green Olive Dressing. Pile a portion of the greens on each of six chilled salad plates. Arrange 6 mussels per plate around the greens. Spoon some of the roasted fava beans between each of the mussels. Drizzle more of the dressing over the mussels and fava beans. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup green olives, sprinkle them with the reserved chopped poblanos over the salad and you’re ready to serve.

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