Fattoush Salad

16 Mar

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Disclosure: I received a gift card from Ozery’s Pita Break to purchase the ingredients for this recipe.

I’ve been in a salad rut for some time now and it was time to push myself out of the bad habit of making the same salads over and over again. One of the things I enjoy doing the most is trying to replicate my favourite restaurant dishes at home, especially the ones I spend the most money on : )

One salad I adore is a Middle Eastern one called Fattoush (the spelling varies). I often order it when I’m out and I knew that the ingredients were simple enough for me to make the salad at home. I got the little push that I needed to make it when the folks at Ozery’s Pita Break, an awesome company that started right here in Toronto, asked me if I would like to try and make a recipe with their pita products. Ozery’s produces a number of bread products including flatbreads, buns, pitas and crackers that are free of artificial preservatives, colours, flavours and additives. I live in a Jewish neighbourhood, so another point I wanted to share is that all of Ozery’s products are certified as kosher under the Orthodox KSA (Kashruth Supervision of America) organization. In other words, no dairy or animal products or by-products are used, making them great for vegetarians and vegans. Some of my favourite Ozery’s Pita Break products include:

 

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A search online will show that there are many ways to make a Fattoush Salad but I chose to make it the way I enjoy it the most, with basic ingredients and a lovely spice called sumac.

“Sumac is the berry of a shrub that grows in the Mediterranean and parts of the Middle East. It is little known in Western cuisine, but it is an essential ingredient in Arab and especially Lebanese cooking. It has a tart, fruity flavour, and is used to add acidity to food in the same way that lemon is used in Canada and tamarind is used in Asian countries.” (Source: The Silk Road Spice Merchant – http://www.silkroadspices.ca/products/sumac)

The recipe below is my creation and it’s a mashup of several recipes I reviewed online. You can add additional ingredients such as torn romaine lettuce, chopped green, yellow or red pepper, purslane, arugula, radish or use a creamy dressing….as you can see, there are tons of options. If you make your Fattoush Salad a different way, I would love to try it! Please leave a comment below the post or connect with me on Twitter @savvari. Enjoy!

Fattoush Salad

Creator: Sandy Avvari-Nayani – http://www.milkandeggs.ca

Ingredients:

Toasted Pita

2 tablespoons olive oil

One Ozery’s Pita Break Large Regular Pita, split in half to make two separate layers, then tear each layer into bite-sized pieces or cut the pita into 1-inch square pieces.

Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons sumac (found at most Middle Eastern grocery stores)

Salad Ingredients

3 plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped

2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthways, chopped (or a medium-sized English cucumber, halved lengthways, chopped)

½ a medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon sumac

Kosher salt (for seasoning)

Preparation:

Toast the pita: I used my toaster oven to toast the pita pieces. Line your baking tray with parchment paper. Place the pita pieces in a bowl and toss them with the olive oil. Spread the pita pieces onto the parchment-lined baking tray. Toast in the toaster oven until they are crunchy, likely about 3-4 minutes depending on the settings on your toaster. Watch carefully to make sure they brown but do not burn! Once ready, transfer pieces back to the bowl and set aside.

Make the salad dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. Secure lid. Shake until well combined. Set aside.

Salad: Place tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, parsley and mint leaves in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with sumac. Drizzle with dressing. Toss gently to combine. Season to taste with kosher salt.

Add toasted pita pieces to the salad. Toss gently and serve. Taste again and add more kosher salt and lemon juice if needed. Serve immediately.

Sandy’s notes: I tried this salad with Ozery’s Organic Whole Wheat Pita as well and it was also delicious. In order to stay “true” to the original recipes for Fattoush Salad however, their plain pita is the best option.

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To learn more about Ozery’s Pita Break, please visit:

Website: www.pitabreak.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ozerybakery.pitabreak

Twitter: @OzeryBakery or www.twitter.com/ozerybakery

 

CONTEST: Enter to win an Ozery’s Pita Break prize pack!

This prize is valued at over $110 and it includes:

  • A range of Ozery’s Pita Break products
  • Toaster
  • Cutting Board
  • Bowl Dip Set

You can earn entries by doing the following:

  1. Leave a comment below this blog post and tell me what your favourite way to enjoy pita bread is. Do you like to dip it? Stuff it with toppings? Make a pizza? Maybe you’ll teach me something new!
  1. Follow both me Sandy Avvari-Nayani @savvari and Ozery’s Pita Break @OzeryBakery on Twitter. Then, retweet my tweet about this blog post/contest from my Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/savvari

Additional Info:

The contest begins on March 16, 2015 and will end on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 12 pm EST. The winner will be announced later that day.

You can enter via each method once per day until the end of the contest.

The contest is only open to Canadians with a Canadian shipping address. Ozery’s Pita Break will ship the prize package directly to the winner’s home.

Good luck!

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123 Responses to “Fattoush Salad”

  1. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1) March 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    i like using pita as a shell for pizza, or stuffed as a sandwich!

  2. Maria March 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    I love to stuff it with veggies and grilled meat

  3. CL Chin March 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    I like to make pita chips and dip them in hummus or other dips. I also like to make falafel pita sandwiches.

  4. Linda Abrams March 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Love using your pita for our meatball kabob recipe. YUM

  5. peach001 March 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I really like to dip a pita in hummus or make a vegetarian pizza with it! Thanks for this contest!

  6. Benoit H. March 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    This recipe is very nice! I like to make pizza with a pita and also just fill it with chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and greek salad dressing. Thanks!

  7. Kanika March 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    This salad recipe is so simple and refreshing! I am definitely going to try it now that I am wanting to eat more salads. Pita bread to be the most versatile item and can be used for any meal and any cuisine from greek, italian, mexican to indian. My favourite way is to stuff with indian tikkis and cilantro and mint chutney!

  8. joanne boustany March 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    I like to eat pita bread with greek plain yogourt and tomatoes and olives

  9. Seham Merzib March 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    I like to make shawarmas’s with pickles , tomato, tahini, ground chicken and more

  10. Lori JB March 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I like to stuff them with spinach salad or cut into strips, brushed w melted butter & cinnamon and sugar or parm & garlic then baked and used for dipping.

  11. Christina March 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Personally I love pita bread a few ways, mostly to dip in hummus 🙂 but I do like making personal pizzas with them with the kids and I’ll make a great chicken filled wrap with them too. Such an easy tasty bread to use!

  12. Pam March 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    My favourite way is with souvlaki skewers.

  13. Carol M (Lushka S) March 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    I like to make pizza

  14. Christy Eldred March 17, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Use Pitas and stuff with tomatoes, cucumber, tzatziki and chicken

  15. Christy Eldred March 17, 2015 at 12:48 am #

    follow both and retweeted

  16. Janet B March 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Love to dip in hummus!

  17. Pam March 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    another way I enjoy pita bread is by having middle eastern nachos.

  18. Crystal Jackson March 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I love filling pitas with things so I can enjoy it like a sandwich. I also love making pizzas out of them, in the toaster oven!

  19. Zoey Jiru March 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    I love it toasted a bit, with some butter or a bit of olive oil, and crushed garlic. And a pinch of salt. Yum…

  20. Dianne March 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    I like making homemade Donairs with Pita Bread.

  21. Dianne March 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    Followed and retweeted as @wowcheckitout

  22. Michelle Polocelli March 18, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    I like to make pita chips and dip them in hummus and i love making pizzas out of them! 🙂

  23. Pam March 18, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    I also like to make mini pizzas with pita bread.

  24. Christy Eldred March 18, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Love to dip them in hummus, retweeted

  25. marygaudet March 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I love to stuff my pitas! They make the best sandwiches…full of veggies 🙂
    Following on twitter: @eastcoastmama

  26. marygaudet March 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    I love to stuff my pitas! They make the best sandwiches…full of veggies 🙂 Thanks!
    Following on twitter: @eastcoastmama

  27. Tracy D March 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    I love it with an artichoke and spinach dip….yum!

  28. Tracy D March 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Following and retweeted, thanks! @tracydeanne

  29. Dianne March 18, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    We like to fill up our Pita Bread with salad

  30. Carol M (Lushka S) March 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    I like to make pita chips

  31. Carol M March 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    I like to make mini pizzas

  32. Carol M March 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I like to also stuff my pitas

  33. Dianne March 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    This weekend we are making pizza on pita bread. It is such a quick meal and so tasty.

  34. Carol M March 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I sometimes make mini pizzas

  35. Dianne March 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    We like to eat pita with hummus.

  36. Treen Goodwin March 22, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    I use Pita for pizza ,a quick lunch time snack , and some times i use it to dip ,i love Pita , thanks for the chance 🙂

  37. LISA ROBERTSON March 22, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Love them stuffed with salad and chicken. .But also as chips and dip

  38. Taylor Hawkins March 22, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    i love making homemade pita chips 🙂

  39. Anne Taylor March 22, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I love pita and hummus!

  40. Anne Taylor March 22, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    follow both and retweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

  41. Robyn Bellefleur March 22, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    I like to dip mine in hummus.

  42. Suzie M March 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I like to stuff my pitas the fuller the better

  43. LILLIAN BROWN March 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I usually like to make pita chips and dip them in hummus

  44. Carol M March 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I make pita chips

  45. lynn clayton (@lynnbeanie) March 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    i like to bake it in the oven then i put homade humus it is really good

  46. Judy Cowan March 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I make a hot spinach dip that we like to eat with toasted pita bread. (jlcmrc@gmail.com)

  47. Judy Cowan March 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Follow both on Twitter and RT giveaway status @JudyCowan (jlcmrc@gmail.com)

  48. FREDERIC BROWN March 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    really like to dip a pita in hummus -but so many ways to use pita

  49. Suzie M March 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    I use Pitas to make small pizza

  50. Suzie M March 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    following & retweeted @suzquiz

  51. Dianne March 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    We like to eat pita bread toasted and then dip it into Baked Artichoke Dip.

  52. andrea amy March 23, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    My favourite way to enjoy pita bread is as a hummus pita with lots of hummus, and lots of fresh vegetables like cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers etc. So good. I could eat that every day!

  53. andrea amy March 23, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    I retweeted 🙂 (@mommy2fiveboys)

  54. Terri B March 23, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    I love dipping pita in humus and tzatziki….yum!

  55. hmrcarlson March 23, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I like to make pita chips and to use pitas as sandwich bread replacement.

  56. Carol M March 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    I like to dip them.

  57. Anne Taylor March 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    I love to make pita pizzas for my grandchildren!

  58. Anne Taylor March 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

  59. Dianne March 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    I like to use Pita Bread instead of a bun to hold a hamburger patty. Then you can stuff it full of toppings.

  60. Nate Fuller March 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I like to use it as an alternative to other breads for sandwiches, filled with sliced meats and cheeses!

  61. Nate Fuller March 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    My twitter handle is @kidsequipped and i tweeted and followed!

  62. NicoleRoanne (@nicoleroannef) March 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I like mine toasted with various nut butters.

  63. lisa bolduc March 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I honestly just love bed Itself. I just eat it like that. I miss the garlic ones

  64. Suzie M March 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    love pita with Hummus as a dip

  65. krystyl olson March 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    love to dipin hummus or tzatziki

  66. sherry Kinnear March 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    I love them for dipping in hummus, but also use them with curry.

  67. Carol M March 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    I like using them for sandwiches.

  68. Anne Taylor March 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Pita and hummus is one of my favourite snacks!

  69. Anne Taylor March 24, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    follow both and retweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

    ty

  70. Dianne March 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    When I make hotdogs instead of using a hotdog bun we cut a pita in half and stuff it full of fried onions, and other condiments for the hotdogs.

  71. Carol M March 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I like to make mini pizzas and bake them in a toaster oven.

  72. Christy Eldred March 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Mini pizzas are a great way to use pitas, retweeted

  73. Anne Taylor March 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    I also love to stuff pita with cucumber, tomatoes and cheese!

  74. Anne Taylor March 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    RTweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

  75. Maggie K. March 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    My favourite way to eat pita bread is with guacamole or hummus.

  76. Eldon March 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I like to dip it in hummus.

  77. Suzie M March 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    We like Pita, everyone gets to fill their own, so the kids always eat more

  78. Dianne March 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    One of the ways we enjoy pita bread is making a pocket and adding cucumber, red peppers, black olives, red onions, and feta cheese with a bit of salad dressing drizzled on top of the ingredients.

  79. Anne Taylor March 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Pita Pizzas are a huge hit with my grandkids!

  80. Anne Taylor March 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Retweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

  81. Carol M March 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    I use them as dippers

  82. Dianne March 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    We like to make taco meat and put it inside a pita instead of taco shells

  83. Nicole Jubleew March 26, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    I like to use them to make mini pizzas

  84. Carol M March 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    I like to make pita chips and then dip them.

  85. Suzie M March 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    my little guys like to use it to make their own personal pizza’s

  86. Anne Taylor March 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I love home made Souvlaki made with pita!

  87. Anne Taylor March 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    RTweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

    thanks!

  88. ksceviour March 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    I make mini pizzas with it,and also stuff it with ham,cheese,peppers,etc 😉

  89. Dianne March 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    For a quick breakfast on the go stuff the pita with scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese in them.

  90. ksceviour March 28, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    daily entry.. I stuff my pita bread with ham,cheese,peppers,,!

  91. ksceviour March 28, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I follow you on twitter & retweeted @Ksceviour

  92. Carol M March 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I bake them for pita chips

  93. Suzie M March 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    we like to make Pita chips & use them with dip

  94. Anne Taylor March 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I love a pita pocket sandwich filled with veggies!

  95. Anne Taylor March 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    RTweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

    ty

  96. Nicole Jubleew March 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    I also like to eat pita bread dipped in some yummy Tzatziki dip!

  97. Dianne March 28, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    We put leftover meatloaf into a pita.

  98. Cassey March 29, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    I like to dip it in hummus

  99. hmrcarlson March 29, 2015 at 3:45 am #

    I like using pitas for sandwiches like tuna salad and also for fun pizzas with my kids.

  100. ksceviour March 29, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    daily entry,,,, I stuff my pitas!!

  101. Carol M March 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    I like to use them to make mini pizzas

  102. Suzie M March 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    I use them like a sandwitch for daycare lunches

  103. Anne Taylor March 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    We love home made souvlaki with Pita

  104. Anne Taylor March 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    RTweeted today as @greeeneyedwhwom

  105. Dianne March 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    We love to fill a pita with turkey and lots of fresh vegetables.

  106. Andrew P (@apham17) March 29, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    I make Pita Chips and use them to dip in hummus

  107. Andrew P (@apham17) March 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Followed and Retweeted – @apham17

  108. ksceviour March 30, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    i love making mini pizzas with pitas

  109. Carol M March 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I like to stuff them with various fillings.

  110. Anne Taylor March 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Making a Pita Pizza is always fun to do with my grandkids!

  111. Anne Taylor March 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    RTweeted as @greeeneyedwhwom

    Thanks so much!

  112. Dianne March 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    I make slow cooker pulled chicken and put it in a pita with some cheddar cheese and then warm it just a bit so the cheese gets melted.

  113. Suzie m March 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Pita with any dip is good but hummus is the best

  114. lovemefeedme March 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Lately my favourite way to eat pita is toasted with nut butter, jam, banana, chocolate chips, and toasted coconut!! Soooooo yummy.

  115. Angela Mitchell March 31, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    I love to stuff pitas with refried beans, mayo, sprouts, salsa and shredded cheese

  116. ksceviour March 31, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    I make mini pizzas with them,,so many different ways to prepare them!

  117. Nicole B March 31, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    My favorite wayto eat pita is to dip it in hummus

  118. Nicole B March 31, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    I followed and retweeted (archy0050)

  119. bibliodi March 31, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Pitas are my go-to bread for picnics. i recall when my daughters were very young putting pitas along with grated cheese, sliced veg, shredded lettuce and some assorted meats into the picnic basket. Add your favourite dressings and condiments. Everyone makes their own pita, the kids are eating healthy and mom is a happy camper!

  120. Carol M (Lushka S) March 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Sometimes a toast them and add some butter

  121. Suzie M March 31, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Pita’s stuffed with veggies & chicken are a fave of ours

  122. Dianne March 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    I saute beef, peppers, onions and mushrooms and put it into whole wheat pita bread to serve it.

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