Fattoush (Pitta Bread Salad)

This is my hubby s favourite chopped salad, quite basic, but full of flavour. It is an economical recipe, since it uses up day old pitta breads beautifully…transforming them into chewy texture in the salad and absorbing the dressing and salad juices.

Ingredients

  1. 1 romaine lettuce (or 2 little gems) washed spun and broken into inch size pieces
  2. 1 small red/purple onion diced
  3. 3 small ripe tomatoes diced
  4. 1/2 English cucumber seeds removed and chopped
  5. 2 pitta breads
  6. dressing
  7. 1 garlic clove
  8. 1/2 lemon juiced
  9. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  10. 1 salt and black pepper
  11. optional extras
  12. 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  13. 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  14. 1/2 cup chopped black olives

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200 C
  2. Split the pittas and place them on a baking sheet
  3. Cook for 8 -10 minutes turning over halfway through until crispy and a little browned
  4. Set pittas aside to cool
  5. Put lettuce tomatoes cucumber onion and tomatoes into a large salad bowl
  6. Make the dressing: if you have a pestle and mortar smash the garlic with the salt until completely crushed If not crush with salt on a chopping board then put in a small bowl
  7. With the garlic whisk in the lemon juice oil and black pepper
  8. Break the pittas into pieces directly into the salad bowl
  9. Pour over the dressing and toss well
  10. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavours develop (I make hubbys the night before and he takes it to work the next day)

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