Food and Wine Traditions

A dish from Salento’s tradition, the recipe of fava beans and chicory

The series of recipes from Salento continues with a first course of rural tradition. A complete meal that perfectly embodies the genuineness of this land.

Has the farmer just harvested chicory from the field? Combine it with the fava beans and you will have a tasty and healthy dish.

To find out other typical dishes of Salento, look at the following link!


Ingredients for 4 people:

400 gr of dried fava beans

400 gr of wild chicory

3 bay leaves

Extra virgin olive oil




Rehydrate the beans by soaking them in cold water for about 12 hours. Then, rinse them and put them to cook in a large pot, covering them flush with the water and adding 2-3 bay leaves.

Close the pan with a lid and cook over low heat for at least 2 hours (if they are too dried, add hot water). Remove the foam while cooking the beans with a skimmer. Meanwhile, wash the chicory well under running water and let it drain, then clean and boil it in boiling salted water for a few minutes. As soon as they get tender, drain and keep aside.

When the beans have become mashed, place them with the chicory in the same dish: on one side the beans and the chicory on the other. Season with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, (better if it is from Salento!) And accompany the dish with homemade bread.

To try the recipe and learn from live chef’s advice, you must come on holiday in one of our villas and book a cooking experience with the chef at home.

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