My signature salad is Fattoush. I know it's my signature salad, because everyone likes it. Well, maybe everyone does not count since all of these 'everyone' are not Lebanese.
But here are my authentic certifications: recently, a Lebanese person had dinner at our place, and the dish he immediately pointed out as his favorite was my Fattoush! That's awesome, since Fattoush is a very traditional Lebanese salad. It is prepared in every single household and restaurant. No exceptions.
Another certificate came from my mother, who visited me last summer. She'd never seen me cook before, and I prepared my signature salad for dinner (I know that a salad does not qualify as 'cooking' but still it was a good dinner.) She said it was great! Now my mum is a woman who is very difficult to impress. She rarely says that she likes anything, especially food, given that she's the most famous cooking queen in her family, and in my hometown back in Lebanon. So, not bad at all!
This salad is refreshing, filling and super healthy.
Recipe: Fattoush Salad
- 1 small grocery store (I shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods) bag of shredded cabbage (it's OK to buy the coleslow mix)
- same quantity shredded lettuce (I use a mix of iceberg and something else, whatever that something else is is fine)- The size of the lettuce pieces should be the same as the shredded cabbage pieces.
- herbs (all finely cut):
1 cup parsely,
1/2 cup fresh mint,
1/4 cup fresh oregano and thyme
- 1 persian cucumber
- 2 medium tomatoes (cut in small cubes)
- 1 radish
- 1/4 cup finely cut onion
- 1.5 large lemons
- 1/2 cup (or less or more, depends on your taste) extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
- sea salt
- a hint of black pepper
Add Pita Chips (after the dressing, then mix all.)