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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

Toasting the pita adds crunch to this bright-tasting salad, and a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of ground sumac—the berry of a bush that grows wild all over Lebanon—add depth. Letting the salad sit for a bit before eating allows the pita to soak up the lemony dressing.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 6-inch whole-wheat pitas,split
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground sumac, (see note), divided
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 small salad cucumbers, or 1 large cucumber, seeded and diced (peeled if desired)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced fresh mint


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  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place pita halves rough-side up on a large baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sumac. Bake until the pita halves are golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. When cool, break into bite-size pieces.
  3. Whisk lemon juice, salt, pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and ¼ teaspoon sumac in a large bowl. Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, mint and the pita pieces;
  4. toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Note: The tart berries of the sumac bush add another element to many Middle Eastern dishes. Find them whole or ground in Middle Eastern markets or online at kalustyans.com or buylebanese.com.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 117 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 70 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,821 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 224 mg sodium; 322 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (76% daily value), Vitamin C (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 2

February 25, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
they are grilled lamb cubes a type of the Syrian and Lebanese grills like the shesh kbab and shesh tawooq the of course the grilled onions on the side
October 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Would love to know what the dish pictured with this salad is!
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