Fattoush Salad

I really love this salad; it has to be one of my all-time favorites.  Years ago, I had this salad for the first time when I met a friend for lunch and it was a huge salad, so even though I was crazy for it, I couldn’t finish it.  I took home the left overs in a doggy bag only they didn’t quite make it home,  as
I spent the afternoon running errands etc., I found myself grabbing bites of the salad with my fingers, no utensils needed for such a delicious salad.  By the time I arrived home, the salad was pretty much gone.  Many recipes for Fattoush include green pepper, I’m not a huge fan of green peppers in this
salad and if I want extra crunch, I’m more inclined to add radishes.   Many restaurants that serve Fattoush Salad use fried pita bread and some healthier recipes suggest you just toast the pita in the oven.  I have my own technique, I use just a bit of olive oil and then toast the pita in the oven and I think the taste is much better than toasting plain pita and not much oil is needed.  I put just a couple of drops of olive oil on my clean hands (just washed) and then spread the oil around on my hands and then rub my hands onto a piece of pita. Just a bit of oil is evenly applied to the pita and then I slice the pita or cut it into slices with scissors and toss it onto a baking sheet and toss it into a 300 degree F oven for about 15 minutes or until the pita bread is golden brown.

Dressing

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

1 clove of garlic

¼ teaspoon sumac

¼ teaspoon salt

Salad

3 cups shredded  romaine lettuce

1 medium cucumber, diced

2 medium tomatoes, diced

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves, chopped

3 or 4 radishes, diced (optional)

1 piece of pita bread, toasted (see instructions above)

Using a hand held blender or traditional blender; mix all dressing ingredients together until well blended.

Put all salad ingredients in large salad bowl and toss with dressing. Serve immediately and enjoy!!  Be
warned, this salad is so delicious, you may become addicted.  Karen

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