I love the fresh flavours and ingredients that are often found in Mediterranean foods. It’s especially great when you can use fresh vegetables grown in your own garden to make a meal! I’m very lucky, as my mom has a very green thumb and not only grows beautiful flowers, but she has a garden full of delicious produce. This year, she seems to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with!
Last week, my friend, Irene, and I decided to make something delicious for dinner using some of the fresh bounty from my mom’s garden. We decided that the fresh flavours of Fattoush salad were just what we were looking for. Simple, fresh and delicious.
Never heard of Fattoush salad before? You probably aren’t alone. Fattoush is a Levantine bread salad made from toasted pieces of pita combined with mixed greens, other vegetables and finished with a light vinaigrette. It’s very flexible and the recipe below really is only the starting point for an endless number of variations. You could add in feta cheese, olives, red peppers, roasted vegetables… whatever you want really, depending on what you have in your kitchen and what suits your taste buds!
adapted from Ricardo’s recipe for Fattoush salad, found here
– 1 head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
– 1 English cucumber, cut into cubes
– 1 large tomato, cut into cubes
– 1/2 red onion, cut into cubes
– 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
– 3 pitas
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 clove garlic, chopped
– 1 tablespoon of honey
– 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
– salt and pepper
1. With the rack in the middle position, turn the oven on to 350 degrees.
2. Brush both sides of the pita with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and paper and bake in the oven until crisp. Let cool and then break into pieces.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, honey and white wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. In a salad bowl, mix together the romaine, cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley and pita pieces.
5. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
This salad tasted so fresh and delicious and really, it was quite easy to prepare. We served the salad with some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, seasoned simply with olive oil, seasoning salt and Greek seasoning, and pita with Baba Ganoush. Yum!
This meal was so easy to prepare and really showcased the fresh flavours of all of the vegetables. If you have never tried or heard of a Fattoush salad, I recommend you give this easy recipe a try. I think you will love it!
Sorry I’ve been a bad blogger lately, but as I mentioned before I’ve been busy with something super exciting. I don’t want to jinx it, so details soon! Have a great weekend everyone and if you are in Edmonton, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and colours!