Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fattoush Salad

If you are a salad lover, tell me you  can't love this salad?  This is from Insalata's Mediterranean Table Cookbook by Heidi Insalata Krahling.  OMG.. The dressing is really great. 
the vinaigrette::: 1/3 C blended oil(Which she believes is a 3 to 1 mix of canola oil to olive oil )
1tsp minced garlic
1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 C EVOO
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp cumin seed, toasted and ground
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
To make the vinaigrette: In a small skillet, over low heat, gently warm the blended  oil and garlic until fragrant.  (This is an extra step but well worth it if you have time ) In a medium bowl , whisk together the oil and garlic mixture, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cumin and pepper.  Taste and adjust the seasoning.
The salad:
In a large bowl, combine: 3 hearts of romaine, torn roughly by hand ( about 6 cups )
3/4 C crumbled sheep's milk feta cheese
3/4 C vine ripened cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 C peeled, seeded and diced english cucumber
1/3 C pitted kalamata olives
1/3 C finely chopped cilantro
1/3 C finely chopped mint
Serves 6 as a side dish or 3 as a light lunch
She also serves this with toasted  pita breads that are crumbled and underneath the salad.,Personally I don't see a need for that.

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