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Broad Bean Salad Recipe With Orzo

This healthy broad bean salad bursts with the colours and flavours of springtime. Enjoy as a main meal, an accompaniment or as a meze.
Course Meze
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 160kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • Saucepan
  • Serving bowl
  • Tongs


For The Broad Bean Salad

  • 1 kg fresh broad beans in pods
  • 125 g orzo
  • 1 bunch spring onions washed & finely sliced, horizontally
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill roughly chopped

For The Dressing And Garnish

  • 3 whole dried chillies
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • salt & pepper to season


  • First of all, if using fresh broad beans, remove the beans from the pods and shell the larger ones. (You will be left with around 250g of broad beans)
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and blanch the beans for no longer than two minutes.
  • Drain immediately and run them under cold water to prevent further cooking.
  • Boil your orzo according to the pack instructions.
  • Once cooked, drain and, again, run under cold water to prevent the orzo from overcooking.
  • Give your orzo a light drizzle of olive oil and toss around to prevent it from sticking together.
  • Add your broad beans, orzo and the rest of your salad ingredients to a serving bowl or plate and gently mix.

For The Salad Dressing & Garnish

  • Add your olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning to a small bowl or jar and mix or shake rigorously.
  • Pour the dressing over your broad bean salad and stir in gently.
  • Do a taste test and add more seasoning or lemon if necessary.
  • Take your chillies, one at a time and hold them with tongs.
  • Flash each one over a naked flame so that they become charred in places. This only takes a second or so.
  • Cut the chillies horizontally into around four pieces and arrange over the top of your salad.


  • As with all of our recipes, the calorie count for our broad bean salad is meant as a rough guide and is based on one of six servings.
  • Prep time for the salad includes podding and shelling (if needed) the beans. Some stalls on Turkish markets will sell bags of beans that they have already removed from the pod for your convenience.
  • If you can't get fresh broad beans, lots of supermarkets sell frozen broad beans that are already podded.
  • We have added some variations to our recipe for broad bean salad, below. Broad bean and pea salad is also very popular as is the combination of broad bean and feta (white cheese).
  • If you are buying your ingredients in Turkey, the word for broad beans is 'bakla.'