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A salad worth the fuss


Friday, April 05, 2013

That is, to me. All that washing and chopping. It's not that I don't like salad if someone else makes it. It's one of the plusses about eating out for me now. And there's not many dressing that I like well enough to justify the fat or the sodium, let alone having the aftertaste in my mouth for hours after. This is especially true for Ranch, so I think it's something weird about my tongue. I don't enjoy cilantro either.

Well, today I was eating my greek yogurt fatoush. I actually made it for snack time, and I ate it wistfully. And I realized I just really enjoy this and feel cared for when I eat it. I made it because my husband wanted to go to work early tonight so we're skipping date night, so I wanted something extra nice. And it's a salad!

The first time I had fatoush it was described as like tabouleh, but instead of bulgur it has toasted pita bread in it. Toasted pita bread sounded good, so I tried it and and holy crumpets did I love it. I had it at another restaurant, and I made it myself a couple of times, and then one day I realized I could put greek yogurt in with the olive oil and vinegar, like I do for tzatziki, and it was really really good. Well, I've talked it up so much, it may not live up to all that. But here's the recipe. I guess I'll scale it to 2 entree servings or 4 side servings.

2 toasted pitas (I spritz them with olive oil before putting in toaster oven at 400 for 10 min).
1 large tomato
1 cucumber
4 large lettuce leaves
(chop these up, I like half inch cubes or so but the lettuce and pita bits can be bigger)

dressing:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. red wine vinegar (some people like lemon juice, I love RWV for some reason.)
Mix with 1 tsp minced garlic and seasonings (pepper and salt to taste, or 1 tsp non salt blend)
Stir into 1/2 c nonfat greek yogurt

Toss it all together. If you want just tzatziki, double the dressing recipe and put diced cucumbers in. Though I find I eat way too much bread when tzatziki is about. emoticon
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JUMPINJULIE 4/7/2013 6:12PM

    Sounds good.

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LRSILVER 4/6/2013 11:36PM

    Yum.

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SANDICANE 4/6/2013 3:24PM

    Wow, that sounds wonderful!

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TINAJANE76 4/6/2013 1:13PM

    Sounds fabulous! Homemade yogurt-based dressings are my go-to choice these days and the one I make most often is quite similar to yours, basically a tzatziki sauce. One of my favorites to use this with is a healthy spin on Waldorf Salad. I just love the slightly sweet and salty combination--yum!

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SUGAR0814 4/6/2013 8:56AM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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BOPPY_ 4/5/2013 11:42PM

    Sounds good.

More importantly, congratulations on your success.

Lee emoticon

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MISHMOM 4/5/2013 10:35PM

    This sounds REEEEALLY good. I'm going to try it. I've never heard of fatoush, but I love tzatziki sauce! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/5/2013 8:02PM

    Yummy!

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GREENGENES 4/5/2013 7:47PM

    Sounds delicious!

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VTRICIA 4/5/2013 7:13PM

    Leanie, maybe it would work with quinoa? Now I'll need to try that! I'd probably start with quinoa in tabouleh (no yogurt) first. I've had bad luck with improvising and quinoa.

Comment edited on: 4/5/2013 8:59:52 PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/5/2013 7:01PM

    Sounds interesting and delicioius. Have you posted this in the recipe file with spark. I'd love to see it there and then save it to my recipe collection.
Maria

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MKELLY72 4/5/2013 6:29PM

    Sounds yummy!
Michelle

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LEANIE64 4/5/2013 6:01PM

    Gosh, your entry made me hungry for salad..and your salad sounds delish..but I am going gluten free..so it will have to not be made..Thanks for sharing and have a good day..

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