Spring Vegetable Pistou With Yellow-Eyed Beans, Favas, Peas & Black Bass

Light and fresh, this dish both looks and tastes green like spring! This simple yet flavorful meal is refreshing and beautiful to look at after a long winter.
Photography By Chip Riegel | March 01, 2015


Using an electric juicer or blender, juice celery, spring onion greens, cucumber and spinach together until very smooth (adding a little water if using a blender). Strain liquid through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve to make roughly 1½ cups. Combine juice and créme fraîche in a small sauce pot and set aside.

In another small pot mix beans, peas and fava beans together with vegetable stock and slowly warm. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat a large sauté pan and add oil. Season fish with salt and pepper. Sear fillets on one side for 4–5 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 6–8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.

When the fish is cooked, season the juice with salt and pepper to taste and warm it over a low-medium heat, saving this for last to preserve the bright green color. Divide warmed beans and fish among 6 warm, shallow bowls. Pour broth around beans and fish. Garnish with radish.

Recipe by Christopher Bender and David Crowell, Chef/Owners, Stoneacre Pantry, Newport

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  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cups spring onion greens, chopped
  • 2 cups (roughly ½ cucumber) English cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons créme fraîche
  • 1½ cups cooked yellow-eyed beans or white bean of choice
  • ¾ cup green peas, blanched
  • ¾ cup fava beans, peeled and blanched
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (6-ounce) black bass fillets
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 radish, sliced thin, for final garnish
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