Is a salad a real salad without bread? Whether you prefer some fresh bread on the side or crunchy croutons, salad and bread are a perfect pair.
Fattoush is a Lebanese twist on this idea, using olive-oil toasted pita bread to add some carbs and crunch to fresh vegetables.
To recreate this, I usually use leftover pita bread, naan, or even two-ingredient flatbread [link to blog post]. It’s important to also use loads of fresh herbs and good quality olive oil for the dressing.
Salads don’t have to be boring, toss together the veggies and taste to adjust to your preference. If you’re making this ahead of time, be sure to keep the toasted pita bread separate (storing it with the salad will cause it to go soggy), and add dressing right before eating.
Active Time: 10 minutes
Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or other salad greens)
Fresh parsley and mint, chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 red radish, thinly sliced
¼ cup olives
1 cup roasted chickpeas (link to recipe)
¼ cup feta cheese
2 pita breads
2 tsp olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon (about 2 tbsp or 30mL)
1 large clove roasted garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup olive oil
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat when hot, drizzle in 1 tsp olive oil and toast the pita bread. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until crispy. Flip and cook the other side until crispy. Repeat with remaining pita. Set aside and cut into 1” pieces.
In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, parsley, and mint.
Mix with cucumber, tomatoes, shallot, and radish. Top with olives, roasted chickpeas, and feta cheese. Lightly toss prior to serve.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, mint, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
To serve, toss the salad with dressing and top with crunchy pita bread pieces.
Nutrition Information (per ¼ recipe): 300 calories, 15g fat, 35g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 9g protein.
**Note- Pita bread can also be toasted in an oven or toaster oven. Brush with oil and watch closely to prevent from burning.