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Fattoush Salad

Crunchy cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, and toasted pita bread are the foundation of this bright salad with Middle Eastern roots. Toss with a lemony dressing, finish with a crumble of feta cheese, and be prepared to want it on repeat. 

Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheat pita bread not split in half
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for brushing on the pita
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin (or ground sumac)
  • 1 small clove minced garlic (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 generous handfuls roughly chopped or torn Little Gem or hearts of Romaine lettuce (7 packed cups)
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Optional to make it a main dish salad: 1 lb cooked, sliced boneless skinless chicken breast or one 14-ounce can drained chick peas

Instructions

  1. Lightly brush the pita bread with olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt over the surface. Put in a toaster oven until lightly browned and mostly crispy or a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, garlic, salt, and several turns with a pepper grinder.

  3. Put the lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber in a large bowl. Once the pita has cooled, break it up into large bite-size pieces and add to the salad. Drizzle on most of the dressing and toss well. If serving this as a main dish, add the chicken or chick peas and toss again. Taste and add more dressing if needed. Scatter the feta over the top.

  4. Serve immediately.