Greek Fava (split peas) with orange, pomegranate and chicory

Fava is really one of those Greek dishes that once you discover them, you never forget them! It’s a magical flavor that travels you to Greece and can be perfect for every occasion.

If you know us already, you might have noticed that Pelagia is in love with fava and cooks it in various ways and combinations.

Τhere is already a recipe with fava and caramelized onions here, and another two recipes in our digital cookbook (you can order it and download it directly here).

In this recipe, you will especially love the contrast that fava makes with the sweetness of the orange and the bitterness of the chicory. If you do not find chicory, you can replace it with any other bitter vegetables or you can skip them altogether.


The pomegranate pairs wonderfully and creates an explosion of taste and texture in the mouth!


You can have this as a festive dish and serve it in different ways.

The fava is delicious as a spread on bread and if you put the pomegranate seeds on top, it creates a fantastic appetizer or side dish that will impress everybody!

Prepare it and have everyone fall in love with you again!

Find more recipes in our digital cookbook “Eat Like A Greek Vegan”!

Greek Fava (split peas) with orange, pomegranate and chicory

Pelagia & Mary – Greek Appetite
A fantastic appetizer or side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


For boiling fava (split beans)

  • 200 gr yellow split peas
  • 25 ml olive oil (about 2.5 tbsp.)
  • 1 onion cut into medium chunks
  • 1 garlic clove cut into medium pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 600 ml water

For mixing fava

  • 100 ml olive oil
  • zest of one orange

For serving

  • 2 chicory
  • orange fillets
  • pomegranate seeds
  • a bit of paprika sweet and smoked


  • Heat the oil, sauté the onion and garlic, and add the split peas, bay leaf, spices, salt and water.
  • Let it simmer for about 20 minutes with the lid closed.
  • Once it is ready, remove the bay leaf and mix it directly into the saucepot (if you have a hand blender). Otherwise wait for the fava to cool to transfer it to the blender and blend it along with the oil and the orange zest until the mixture becomes smooth.
  • Steam the chicory for about 3 minutes.
  • Serve a layer of fava, add a few leaves of chicory, orange fillets, pomegranate seeds and sprinkle with a little paprika.


Keyword chicory, Christmas, easy, fava, festive, pomegranate, vegan, vegetarian