Fava bean salad

It is an Andean corn, fava bean and chili peppers salad. “Solterito” means “little single man.” I can only tell you that Peruvian fava beans are so tender and sweet that they usually crumble in your mouth mixing with the juices of the onions, key lime, white vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, Peruvian pepper, black olives, and the saltiness of the cheese… it’s so easy and simple to make that it’s the perfect meal for a single man = “solterito”.


  • 1 small diced red onion
  • 1 ½ cup baby fava beans
  • 1 ½ cup Peruvian white corn
  • 5 key limes
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 small diced tomato
  • 1 hand full chopped parsley
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 minced Peruvian Aji Amarillo pepper
  • ½ cup sliced “Botija” or black “Kalamata” olives
  • 1cup small diced queso fresco
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Cook the fava beans in water and salt. Boil the corn just in plain water (do not add salt). Use a large bowl to combine onions, fava beans, corn, tomato, parsley, oregano and aji Amarillo. Queso fresco and olives should wait until the end.

For the dressing: mix vinegar, olive oil, key lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix the veggies with the dressing, and at the end (on each plate), topped with diced olives and queso fresco.