If you were to ask me what I hoped to improve upon in my diet, my answer would always be: to consume less carbs and more salads. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing I feel when I’m super veggie heavy and light on carbs. My mind is clearer, which is crazy because it’s one of those things you don’t actually know you are experiencing… also known as mind fog. And then when it’s not there, it’s such a huge smack in the face… eat yo vegetables lady, you feel so good, don’t eat that half loaf of sourdough (ahem, yaaa).
For me though, I need variety. I can’t eat the same salad constantly, and salads seem to be one of those things I’m even more picky about (of course, because otherwise life would be too easy). I have an entire Pinterest board, affectionately called Salad Me Baby to accumulate options and inspiration to get the salad bus a moving. The one thing I always have to tell myself is that salad’s aren’t boring anymore. They don’t have to be a green, a couple thinly sliced veggies, typically onion and carrot, maybe some cucumber, + croutons and an enormous amount of dressing. You know, the amount of dressing an eight year old would use – because we are all just trying to pretend we are making a healthy decision.
Salads now though have roasted veggies, grains and/or in this case don’t even have a main green. Whaaaat? Yep! Let me introduce you to my little Middle Eastern salad… Fattoush.
For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
- salt & pepper to taste
For the salad:
- 4 Persian cucumbers, chopped
- 2 medium/large heirloom tomatoes, seeded & chopped
- 1/2 medium red onion, halved & thinly sliced
- 2 pitas or naans, grilled and torn or chopped
- optional: sliced radish and or chopped romaine
For the dressing:
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients until well combined, and set aside.
You can find complete recipes of this FATTOUSH SALAD in nomingthrulife.com