Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fattoush Salad

I first had a Fattoush salad at Insalata in San Anselmo about 12 years ago and I loved it! I recently had the pleasure of meeting Heidi Insalata Krahling at a book signing for her new cookbook! It is a beautiful book! Fattoush is a great and versitile salad of fresh vegetables, a bright dressing, and pieces of crisp pita bread. You can easily add sliced pepperoncini or shaved fennel. This salad is a great addition to grilled dinners or as a light dinner all on its own. xo

Dressing
1 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 C Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 T Lemon Zest
2 t Salt
1 t Black Pepper
1 t Dry Mustard
1 t Cumin

Mix all ingredients with a whisk or immersion blender. Refrigerate until use.

Salad

2 to 4 Pitas, Cut into bite size pieces and toasted
1 t Cumin Seeds (optional)
2 Heads Romaine, Torn or cut into bite size pieces
1/2 Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
4 Tomatoes, Large Dice
1 English Cucumber, Quartered & Sliced
1/2 C Mint Leaves, Roughly Chopped
1/2 C Cilantro Leaves
1/2 C Italian Parsley
3/4 C Kalamata Olives
1 C Feta Cheese

Cut, toast and cool pita. Assemble all ingredients in a large bowl, toss with desired amount of dressing, I like to start with 1/2 cup. Taste for seasonings and serve.

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