my once a week go-to salad: creamy fattoush salad

creamy fattoush salad | everybody likes sandwiches

When I think of this salad, I realize just how far I’ve come. I used to hate cucumbers, yogurt skeeved me out, I wasn’t a fan of radishes and eating a raw tomato? Never. But this salad is chock-o-block of pretty much everything I used to hate. Call me a late bloomer, but I made it. I even drink green smoothies. I’m pretty proud of myself.

creamy fattoush salad | everybody likes sandwiches

I’m so grown up that I’ve been making this salad on a weekly basis. It’s that amazing. It’s great alongside a nice meal or it easily becomes a meal on its own….add a falafel or two and you’ve got a well-rounded vegetarian supper. When I first made this salad, I stuck to the original recipe but now that I’ve made it into my own, I mix things up. I learned that I didn’t like the pita untoasted. The untoasted bread gets way too mushy and I love the crispness of the toasted pita. I also love how after a toss in the salad, gets melty but still has presence. The original recipe doesn’t even call for sweet bell peppers, but since it’s springtime and local tomatoes haven’t hit the markets yet, I improvised and loved the crunch and freshness they added. So they’re a keeper. When I spot some good tomatoes, I’ll add them in – along with a pepper or two to keep things real. Dried mint was something I couldn’t find in my local gourmet shop where they keep their herbs & spices alphabetical, but when I asked, I was told to look under “S” for spearmint. There you go, done!

creamy fattoush salad | everybody likes sandwiches

When I went to visit my family in Ontario last week, I made this salad. Everyone loved it. Even my dad who was skeptical about using mint in a savoury dish went for seconds and thirds. I’ve made this for friends visiting for dinner and I’ve had requests for the recipe. So here it is, it’s delicious and I hope that it becomes part of your own weekly salad repertoire. If you’re curious on my trip, I’ll update you on my next post – the rust belt was amazing and beyond what I expected.

creamy fattoush salad | everybody likes sandwiches

Oh, and if you’re in town, I want to welcome you once again to my favourite craft fair, Got Craft, that happens this Saturday and Sunday in East Van. I’ll be selling my paper wares and there’s plenty of great, local vendors selling not only crafty wares but local foods and other tasty things! It’s a great event, so look for me and say hello!

creamy fattoush salad | everybody likes sandwiches

4 comments to “my once a week go-to salad: creamy fattoush salad”

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    KalynsKitchen   May 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Sounds like a wow! I’m wondering how I missed it in the cookbook.

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    Joanne M   May 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Love fattoush salad! I first tasted it in Athens last year at an Arabic restaurant and the pita buts were toasted and brush with oil. Nice and crunchy! I’m still unable to enjoy dairy and gluten but I have found gluten-free pita bread which surprisingly does not taste like sand. Thanks for the reminder, I need to give this a try.

    I had a good chuckle too about your dad’s aversion to mint in savoury foods. Greek cuisine uses mint often in it’s savoury dishes. Next time you get some ground beef to make homemade burgers, add some fresh slivered mint to the meat mixture. It brings the burgers to a whole other level of tasty.

    Hope you sold out at Got Craft!!! 🙂

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    Joanne M   May 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    ** pita bits haha!!

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    kickpleat   May 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Kalyn, it is a total WOW kind of salad. Enjoy!!!

    Joanne, hahaha, better than pita butts 🙂 I’m sure you could find a decent soy yogurt? Maybe 🙂 Or just skip the dairy and go with the plain vinaigrette, it would still be super delicious. I love the idea of using mint more….and in burgers too! Never thought of that. We got a new bbq so I’m going to try that out. Thanks!!

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