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Fattoush Salad

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Today’s recipe feature is Fattoush Salad. Simple and delicious, this salad is made up of fresh vegetables and toasted pita bread. One of the seasonings in this dish is Sumac and it’s not the wild, poisonous version growing in your backyard. A bit zesty and lemony in taste, this non-poisonous variety grows in the Middle East and is commonly used to season chicken, grilled lamb and humus. Recipe ingredient variations for this salad are shown below. Healthy and joyous eating!

Fattoush Salad (Recipe courtesy TheKitchen.com)

Ingredients:
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 large or 2 small cucumbers, small dice
2 cups of fresh tomatoes, quartered in bite-size pieces
½ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup chopped mint leaves
1 green pepper, diced
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 teaspoon sumac
2 pieces of pita bread toasted until golden brown, broken into pieces the size of a quarter (use gluten-free pita, if needed)

Optional Ingredients:
Feta cheese
Carrot
Red peppers
Black olive
Pomegranate seeds
Grilled eggplant chunks

Preparation:
In a large bowl, whisk together the first four ingredients. Add everything else and toss well. This keeps very well in the fridge and can be made ahead. Serve as a side salad, a meze plate accompaniment, or as a filling in a pita sandwich with some grilled vegetables and roast chicken or lamb. Serving yield – six servings.

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