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Simple Israeli Salad

June 25, 2009

Sometimes this salad is called Fattoush, and sometimes it’s just called Israeli salad.  But what it is a a simple combination of tomatoes, cucumbers and green bell pepper chunks dressed with herbs, lemon juice and olive oil, and some crisp pita bread thrown in at the end.  While this is pretty simple as it is, I had a brainstorm that made me feel like a genius the other day…instead of heating up the oven and spending time toasting pita bread…why not use pita chips?   Geen-yus!  This makes the recipe super-quick and you don’t have to turn on the oven.  This salad is best made ahead of time, up to the part where you add the pita chips…add those just before serving and toss to coat them with the dressing.  Serves 4.

Ingredients:

5 plum tomatoes, cut into large chunks

1 medium cucumber, cut into large chunks

1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks

1 lemon, juiced

2 T olive oil

2 T chopped fresh parsley

1 T chopped fresh mint (optional)

1/2 t ground cumin

2 pita breads, toasted and cut into wedges, or 1-2 c pita chips

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except pita chips and toss to combine.  Add pita chips right before serving.  Serve cold or at room temperature.

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