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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fatoosh, a Middle Eastern Salad

Hi everyone.  I know I've taken a few weeks off from writing.  I had good reasons to.  We spent some quality time with our kids and grandkids.  
Please don't feel neglected.  Below the pictures is a recipe from my cookbook, Kosher Salt and Exotic Spices.  It's a great summer salad.  

Middle Eastern Salad, Fatoosh (D)

This is a wonderful salad that makes a flavorful first course.

Makes 4 servings

2 pita breads, cut into eighths and toasted
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
1 cup chopped radishes
3 scallions, chopped
1 medium red onion chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves
2 cups coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley, leaves only
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 cups chopped romaine leaves

3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground sumac
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 cup feta cheese broken into pieces

Mix the garlic, salt, oil, dried mint, lemon juice and sumac together and set aside.
In a large bowl, place the tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, scallions, red onion, mint leaves, parsley, green pepper and romaine and toss gently to mix.
Break up the toasted pita and add to the salad mixture.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.  Garnish with the feta cheese and serve.

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