On a trip to Israel a few years ago, my husband and I stopped at this amazing Arabic restaurant in Jerusalem. And of all the fantastic foods I got to try on my visit, I will never forget the fattoush salad I had there. IT WAS AMAZING. I know that may sound crazy…to be so blown away by a salad, but the incredible flavor combination of this traditional Arabic salad was divine. Fresh mint and parsley, combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and warm toasted pita bread, then topped off with a tangy vinegar garlic dressing and crumbled feta cheese. So good!! But the best part about this salad was the addition of a popular Middle Eastern spice called sumac. This is what sealed the deal and made this Arabic Fattoush salad so incredibly delicious! At the restaurant, I was introduced to the owner’s friend. We had a great chat about some foods and seasonings that were central to Arabic culture, and as soon as I returned to the states, I got into the kitchen to try and recreate some of the fantastic foods that I enjoyed and learned about. Sumac has since become a staple in my kitchen now. I love it on salads, meats, and on tops of steamed rice. So today, I’m sharing my recreation of the Arabic Fattoush salad….and it’s just 2 Smart Points per serving. This one is a must try!

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arabic fattoush salad
Arabic Fattoush Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Fattoush is one of the most well-known Middle Eastern salads and is practically a standard at most meals there. It’s a beautiful and colorful salad tossed with fresh vegetables and herbs that offers a delicious combination of flavors.
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Wendy
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat pita bread
  • 1 large English cucumber diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion finely diced
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley finely cjopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Lightly mist pita bread with cooking spray, and season with a bit of salt. Toast until crisp and golden brown. Chop into bite size pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the remaining ingredients (except for the feta). Top with diced pita and feta cheese.
Recipe Notes
Entire recipe makes 4 servings Serving size is about 1 cup Each serving = 2 Smart Points PER SERVING: 86 calories; 3g fat; 0g saturated fat; 9g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 0.5g sugar; 5g protein

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