I had a good feeling about Pita salad (Fattoush) (p. 159) because I really like pita bread. I'm not a big salad eater. I want to be. I really want to love salad. But I don't.
I started by tossing cucumber and salt in a colander and leaving it to drain for a half hour:
I also split some pitas and baked them until crisp:
I whisked together olive oil, lemon juice, a crushed garlic clove, salt, and black pepper. The dressing was good, nicely spiced. I'm sure I used more garlic than I was supposed to, I always do.
I mixed tomatoes, romaine lettuce, scallions, parsley, cilantro, and mint in a bowl:
And tossed it with the dressing. The pita chips were added to the top and it was done!
The salad was easy and very tasty. I like a crunch in a salad (I notice that they really care about texture on the cooking shows but I don't usually pay a whole lot of attention to that--even so, the crunch is nice in salad). The dressing was perfect, although I would have liked to add some olives or feta or something briny. I've never had fattoush before this--anyone have any experience with the dish? Does this seem similar?
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