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Fattoush Salad

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The first of the locally-grown greenhouse tomatoes and cukes and romaine are here! We’ve even eaten our first asparagus stalks. In April!

So crazy, this year.

I know you probably don’t need a recipe for a salad, but you might like the idea of it – fattoush is a Mediterranean toasted pita salad that’s easy to assemble and makes the most of spring greens and those first pops of mint in the garden. Romaine is typical, as is cucumber, tomatoes and purple onion. I like making mine with ribbons of cucumber – simply use a peeler to cut it into thin ribbons – and fresh cilantro. And instead of the usual croutons, you bash up toasted pitas into the mix, adding a satisfying, toasty crunch.

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To streamline the process, bottled balsamic vinaigrette works just fine – then again, it only takes a few minutes to shake your own up in a jar. And of course because it’s a salad, quantities are approximate – feel free to wing it.

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Fattoush Salad

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April 27, 2016

Ingredients

2 pitas (white or whole wheat)

olive oil

salt

1-2 Romaine hearts, chopped

2 baby cucumbers, chopped or cut into ribbons

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 small purple onion, thinly sliced

a handful of fresh cilantro, Italian parsley or mint

Dressing:

1/3 cup olive or canola oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1-2 Tbsp. grainy mustard

1 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey

1 small garlic clove, finely crushed (optional)

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 350F. Brush the pita with oil, sprinkle with salt and bake on a baking sheet for 10-12 minutes, until deep golden and toasted. Let cool, then break apart into chunks.

2Arrange the romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, purple onion and cilantro in a shallow bowl or on a platter. To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl or shake them in a jar. Drizzle over the salad and serve immediately, passing extra dressing at the table. ?Serves about 6.

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2 comments on “Fattoush Salad

  1. celine
    July 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    You are missing the key ingredient for fattouche salad… Sumac. As well the dressing is typically made with olive oil and lemon juice. Although I am sure your recipe is delicious it is not fattouche in my opinion…

    • Julie
      July 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Ooh, thanks! Will add sumac next time – I have a beautiful jar of it in the cupboard!

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