Fattoush


There is a middle eastern restaurant near my daughter’s university…Ali Baba in Newark, DE. It is one of my favorite places to eat. They have many delicious dishes, but somehow, whenever I go there I have to order the fattoush.  Fattoush is a middle eastern bread salad, and I think I am addicted to it.

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I am not sure if I have mentioned it, but this has not been a great summer for my tomatoes.  Good ones have been few and far betwen, but I finally have a few good ones on the counter.

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I also happened to have some pita bread and one last cucumber from our garden. Time for me to do my own riff on fattoush!

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I had a lot of lima beans in the fridge that needed to be used.  I realized that roasted lima beans would go wonderfully on top of the salad.

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I used a “dressing” similar to one I use for a Persian tomato-cucumber salad, toasted pita and roasted lima beans – a fattoush with my own twist. And it was both yummy and satisfying.  I am quite proud of this one!

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Fattoush

2 large tomatoes, chopped (from the garden)

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 or 2 cucumbers, sliced and/or chopped (from both mine and a friend’s gardens)

2 or 3 green onions, sliced

2 pitas, toasted

1 tsp dried mint

Juice of 1 lemon

Roasted lima beans

Sumac

Directions

Mix the tomatoes, green pepper, cucumbers and green onions in a bowl.

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Toss with the mint.

IMG_7789.JPG Break of the pitas into bite-sized pieces and add to the salad. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the top and toss.

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Divide the salad among the serving plates and top with roasted lima beans.  Enjoy!

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Serves 3.

Note:  if you do not use the lima beans, you will need to add salt and parsley to the salad.

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Ema Jones says:

    Can I eliminate Sumac?

    1. Yes, it is good without it as well

      1. Ema Jones says:

        Thank you Andrea, was going through your blog. I will surely try ‘Roasted Parsnips and Carrots’ too 😛

      2. Let me know how they go

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