Salad Days

August 7, 2013

It’s my favorite white bean salad 3 ways…a base of cannellini  and garbanzo beans, green pepper, red or green onion, persian cucumbers and radishes in a simple vinaigrette  Simple enough to prepare ahead and it holds well served chilled or at room temperature…just perfect for these hot summer days.

Take it to Greece and add a handful of kalamata olives , a sprinkle of oregano and some cubed feta cheese. Maybe the middle east by adding a touch of sumac to the dressing and some halved grape tomatoes , toasted pita pieces  and some fresh mint to the salad.

 All  contain enough protein and crisp vegetables to be a satisfying  lunch on its own or if it’s time for dinner, any of the three would be perfect along side a platter of grilled lamb chops. Mmm…lamb chops.

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I ♥ Fattoush

March 13, 2013

Really, you’d think I was Lebanese or something.  It’s the Sumac… the Middle Eastern spice… that gives Fattoush its distinctive character. I eat it all year round but it just tastes better when the weather is still cold, like a quick Mediterranean vacation. The assortment of crunchy vegetables, herbs, crisp pita and simple dressing is just what’s needed to lift your spirits on a gray March day. Not a minute too soon, I think  it’s time for lunch.FtoushDressngINGFFtoushVegsFFatoushDnFg's fatoush recipeFatoushDn2F