· By Julia Boase
As the weather warms, my go-to lunch favourite has to be a salad. Fattoush is a classic Lebanese salad that features a yummy toasted pita bread, alongside crisp lettuce, tomato and cucumbers, at their seasonal best during the summer. While there are countless variations, my take includes the satisfying addition of feta cheese (which with the additional of the carbs from the pita bread), makes it a more substantial meal rather than just a simple salad.
For a more fulfilling lunch, consider adding a protein side like falafels, a boiled egg, yogurt, or a smoothie. Conveniently, our two-compartment lunch box keeps the pita separate for a crispy texture, while the salad remains fresh. Use our mini snack pot for dressing, ensuring your salad stays crisp until you're ready to eat. Discover a satisfying lunch solution that keeps you nourished and satisfied throughout the day.
Fattoush Salad - this makes a big family sized serving salad, you can adjust quantities depending on how much you want to make, or prepare the ingriedents and then portion out your lunch serves for the week
1 1/4 cup butter milk
1/4 olive oil
1/4 fresh lemon juice
1 tbs Zatar (available in the spice isle of major supermakrets)
Salt and pepper
1 small head of cos lettuce
1 cucumber diced
1 tomato diced
5 radishes diced
1/3 cup mint finely chopped
1/3 cup parsley finely chopped
3 souvlaki breads toasted with olive oil tossed with zatar once toasted
To dress 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Heat oven to 180 ℃ and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Start by preparing your toasted pita or souvlaki bread. Tear or cut into small pieces and toss with 1-2 TBS of extra virgin olive oil. Spread out evenly over your oven tray and toast in the oven for about 5 mins (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn!).
To prepare the salad shred lettuce, finely chop herbs and dice all remaining salad ingredients. Add to a large bowl and toss together. In a small jug whisk together the salad dressing.
Add toasted pita bread to salad ingredients then pour over dressing and toss to combine. Finish by scattering over some feta cheese and serve straight away.
If you are preparing this in advance for your mid week lunches, prepare all salad ingredients but keep the pita, feta and dressing separate. Combine and dress when ready to eat.