Fresh Spring Flavors

March 21, 2012
Flavor Ingredients Spring Summer
We have had some unseasonably warm weather lately here in Chicago, and I've been craving a fresh, healthy springtime salad. While searching Google for a new recipe to try, I came across this dish on the Reader’s Digest site. It’s based on fattoush, a popular Middle Eastern salad, and is packed with fiber, so you can totally eat it as a main dish and feel full. I’m looking forward to making this salad and sitting outside on my deck to enjoy it! Reading over the ingredients, I think using some of them like tomato, scallions, kalamata olives, balsamic vinegar, and a hint of mint, would be a great flavor combination to be used in hummus and eaten with pita bread or pita chips. Maybe I’ll try that next!
Chickpea and Pita Salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 sesame pita breads

  • 2 cans (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cucumber, diced

  • 4 large beefsteak tomatoes

  • 6 scallions, chopped

  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, preferably kalamata olives

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons olive tapenade v

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

  • Pepper