Pita Vegetable Salad Recipe


The bright colours and fresh flavours of this easy vegetable salad recipe will impress your family and friends.

This bright and colourful Pita Vegetable Salad recipe has a fresh flavour and is easy to prepare. I often make it as a light meal but it can be a great side dish as well.

INGREDIENTS
SALAD
3 ripe tomatoes
2 cucumbers
1 large red onion
20 black olives
150 grams (5.5 oz./1/3 lb) feta cheese
DRESSING
3/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt, pepper
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. sumac *
15-20 oregano leaves OR 1 tbsp. dried oregano
CROUTONS
4 pita pocket bread

PREPARATION
1. Slice the pita bread into thin triangles. Place the pita points on a baking tray and put the tray in the oven at 150C (300F). The idea is to toast the pita triangles. When they are browned, remove them from the oven.

2. Cut the tomatoes into chunky wedges – 6 wedges per tomato.

3. Slice the unpeeled cucumbers into rounds. (If you don't like unpeeled cucumber, you can peel if you want)

4. Slice the onion into thin rounds

5. Crumble the feta cheese into a separate bowl – using your hands or mash it with a fork.

6. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together with a whisk.

*Sumac – if you have never used sumac, it is really worth the effort of looking for it in a local specialty shop or market. I actually found it in my local supermarket. It is a bright red spice – sort of looks like paprika but is more purple-y than red. Sumac is used in Middle Eastern cuisine on salads, hummus and meat. It has a lemony flavour that adds depth to your seasoning.

Okay, now we assemble the salad:
Toss the tomatoes, cukes and onion in a bowl. Mix in the olives. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the vegetables. Toss the pita triangles into the bowl and then pour the dressing over everything.

When the dressing is poured over the salad, the cheese will merge with the oil and lemon and become creamy. The pita croutons will soak up the lemony flavours and the vegetable flavours will be enhanced by the tart freshness of the dressing. The bright red-purple flecks of sumac add to this beautiful medley of flavours and colour.

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