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Fava Bean and Salt Cod Salad

4 ounces salt cod
2 pounds young fava -- beans, shelled, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme -- chopped -- or -- winter savory
1 teaspoon black pepper -- freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon salt -- (optional)
4 ripe tomatoes -- peeled, seeded, chopped

Here, fava beans are paired with salt cod in a rich and filling salad.

To complement the rustic flavors of this dish, serve with toasted garlic-rubbed baguette slices and a soft goat cheese.

Soak the salt cod overnight in a large bowl of cold water. The next day, drain the cod, add fresh water and let soak for 2 hours. Drain, add fresh water and let soak 2 hours longer. The amount of soaking time needed to leach the salt from the fish will vary.

Bring 4 cups of water to a shimmering simmer in skillet just large enough to hold the fish.

Add the fish and poach until barely cooked through (it should flake easily), about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Remove fish and drain well, then flake it.

Cook the favas in 4 cups boiling water until just tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain.

Combine the olive oil, thyme or savory, pepper and salt (if desired).

Toss with the favas.

Arrange equal portions of the dressed beans, flaked fish and chopped tomatoes on individual salad plates.

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