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Shrimp and Mixed Bean Salad

1 pound fresh fava bean, shelled
1 pound fresh cranberry beans, shelled
1/2 small onion
2 bay leaves
1 small carrot, sliced
1 rib celery, cubed
1 pound large (about 14-20) shrimp, shelled except for the fantails, and deveined
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste


In two separate pans of boiling water, cook the beans until tender, about 4 and 8 minutes for the favas and cranberry beans, respectively. Drain and refresh the beans under cold running water, and remove the outer skins from the favas. In a medium saucepan, boil the onion, bay leaves, carrot, and celery in 6 cups of water for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook just until opaque throughout, about 1 minute. Remove and drain the shrimp and allow them to cool. In a serving bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Add the beans and shrimp, and toss to coat the solids thoroughly. Serve warm as an appetizer.

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