Fattoush is the quintessential bread salad of the Middle East.
I heard someone say that the word fattoush sounds like, well, what we don’t want to see when looking at our backside in the mirror. Isn’t that funny? I never thought of it sounding like that. That’s probably because I know the arabic pronunciation of the word.
Click here if you want to hear the arabic pronunciation.
Fattoush, meaning crumbled is a simple salad full of fresh vegetables, herbs and crumbled in pieces of flat bread or pita, dressed with a zesty vinaigrette. I added feta to this one ’cause, well, I can’t do without it.
In “those days” meat wasn’t available like it is today so they used bread as a filler. There are a number of Middle Eastern dishes that include crumbled bread as the base. So good but so loaded with carbs. To be eaten only when I can spend the next hour on the elliptical.
This salad is so fresh and healthy I think I actually feel better after eating it. Because you know what? See that bowl? I ate it all. Not in one sitting, but I kept going back to it throughout the day. I couldn’t resist. At least it wasn’t a quart of ice cream.
The za’atar vinaigrette is killer good too. Za’atar is a warm nutty spice consisting of thyme, sesame seeds, cumin, sumac, oregano. There are different versions of za’atar but so far the version I like best is this brand. (they didn’t pay me to say that, I just like this brand).
It’s Spring. Have a heaping helping of this fresh zesty salad today.
- 1 head of green leaf lettuce chopped
- 2 plum tomatoes diced
- 2 persian cucumbers sliced
- ¼ cup parsley rough chopped
- Sliced red onion to taste
- ¼ cup feta cheese (or enough for your taste)
- Pita bread or other flat bread toasted
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons za'atar
- Whisk together the salt, lemon juice and za'atar. Drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk the ingredients until incorporated.
- Place the lettuce in a large bowl
- Toss with the remaining ingredients
- Pour on enough vinaigrette to suit your taste
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