Meatless Monday: Fattoush

It's an Arabic salad that makes use of bread that has started to go stale and combines it with vegetables and herbs, depending on availability, with lemon-olive oil dressing. The ingredients are pretty flexible, but some combination of tomatoes, onions, and cucumber is pretty standard.

Yield: 4 entrée-size servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 oz Feta
  • about 1 C microgreens or lettuce torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 C olive oil + extra for toasting the bread
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • about 2 C naan or pita bread, torn into small pieces

Preparation:

  1. Cut the cucumber, onion, tomatoes, and Feta into bite-sized pieces. Add the garbanzo beans and toss together in a large bowl.
  2. Combine 1/2 C olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano in a jar and shake well to combine.
  3. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add just enough olive oil to coat the pan. Add the bread, in batches if necessary, in a single layer and stir frequently until browned. Drain on paper towels. (These can be made ahead of time.)
  4. In serving bowls, layer the lettuce, then the vegetables, then the Feta and bread. Drizzle with the dressing. Note: if you are keeping some for later, add the dressing right before serving.

 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Lisa Rawlinson at Full & Content (http://fullandcontent.blogspot.com)

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