My best fattoush!

Well folks, as promised here is the recipe i have discovered and tweaked to our personal tastes.  I always say, however, that you should make recipes work for YOU! *Note: This salad is enough for either 2 main dish salads or 2 side salads with leftovers for the next day*

To start off with, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is heating take your pita ,I use Toufayan Bakeries whole wheat pita, and cut one into bite size pieces.  If it is the pocket kind separate the halves so you have pretty thin slices of pita.  Put the pieces in the oven for 5-10 minutes until they are to your desired crispness!

For the dressing:

  • A few cloves of garlic… from 1-3 depending on your level of garlic love.
  • Lemon juice. I used about a cup of it. The original recipe called for less… again depends on your level of lemon love!
  • Olive oil to your taste, the less you use, the lighter in fat content the dressing will be.
  • I used 2 teaspoons of sumac
  • and 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • a splash of water

I chopped the garlic squished it up with some of the lemon juice and a bit of salt in my mortar and pestle.  Threw everything else together and gave it a swish with a whisk.  YUM

For the actual salad:

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped or ripped into bite sized pieces
  • Cucumber cubed
  • about a fourth of a cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
  • fresh mint chopped to your taste
  • chopped tomatoes.  I use campari.  they are always super sweet and perfectly ripe.

Toss all the veggies together with the dressing.  DO NOT add the pita chips until you are ready to serve.  They get all soggy and gross when they sit in the dressing.  I also always end up adding feta cheese.  What is salad without some good cheese?

The sandwich is my mother’s chicken salad on an onion roll.  The fattoush was an amazing compliment to the creamy sandwich.  I am not allowed to share mom’s recipe.. It is her secret!

Well there ya go..  What would you do differently?  Let me know if you make it!

love as thou wilt,

Liz

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2 Responses to “My best fattoush!”

  1. That sounds refreshing. Always game for a good salad..But left to me, I think I would add some leftover shredded grilled chicken to it too..I think it would go with the salad. Dontcha think?

    • Oh yes! Also, the dressing would be fantastic to brush on chicken and grill or broil it! I also had an idea to perhaps do some lamb kabobs to eat with the salad. It has turned out to be a perfect, refreshing summer salad! Thanks!

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