Southern Fattoush
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Southern Fattoush

Of course, the day after I picked out my recipe for last month’s Supper Club event, which was Southern themed, I got the newest issue of Cooking Light in the mail, and there was a whole section about Southern food. D’oh! I was happy with what we ended up making for our dinner, but I made a point to go back and check out the Southern dishes in the issue at a later point. So tonight, I made this dish. It was really easy to put together, and it was insanely delicious. I mean… just so, so very good. It could even be made without heating up the kitchen in the summer if you buy pre-made pita chips. There are a lot of textures going on, and the crispy baked pita chips really add a lot to it. The flavors are really strong, so make sure everyone is eating the same thing if you want to avoid any bad breath situations ;).

Southern Fattoush

Southern Fattoush
Cooking Light June 2013

4 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3/8 teaspoon ground sumac
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 (6-inch) pitas, torn into bite-sized pieces*
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup sliced English cucumber
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped arugula
1/4 cup minced Vidalia onion
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

3. To prepare salad, arrange torn pita in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Cool completely. Reserve 1/2 cup toasted pita.

4. Combine tomato and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining toasted pita and dressing to bowl; toss well to coat. Top evenly with reserved 1/2 cup toasted pita. Serve immediately.

*Optional: use Gluten Free

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
Calories: 224
Fat: 14g
Saturated fat: 1.9g
Monounsaturated fat: 9.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
Protein: 5.2g
Carbohydrate: 20.8g
Fiber: 2.8g
Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Iron: 2.1mg
Sodium: 268mg
Calcium: 45mg

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars


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