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Picnic in a Glass

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 3 hrs
Yield

Makes 6 to 8 servings

This Southern spin on Middle Eastern fattoush salad can be assembled in the morning before taking off to your picnic, tailgate, or work so the flavors meld and pita chips soften. Serve it directly from the jars. We love wide-mouth Weck jars, though any style will do.

Ingredients

  • 1 (19-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2 1/2- to 3-lb.) deli-roasted chicken, skinned, boned, and shredded
  • 3/4 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped English cucumbers
  • Yogurt Dressing
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed pita chips
  • Lemon wedges

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients and 2 Tbsp. olive oil; stir in shredded chicken. Add table salt and black pepper to taste; let stand 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, stir together radishes, onion, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together cucumbers and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Season each mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Layer chickpea mixture, radish mixture, 3/4 cup Yogurt Dressing, tomato mixture, pita chips, and cucumber mixture in a 4-qt. bowl; top with remaining Yogurt Dressing. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours. Serve with lemon wedges and additional pita chips.

Cook's Notes

Total time includes dressing.