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Southern Fattoush

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 24 mins
Total time 24 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 rounded cup)
The ubiquitous Israeli bread salad makes a fine gathering place for black-eyed peas and sweet Georgia onions. Whisk the salad dressing together in a bowl, or do as I do--shake all the ingredients together in (what else?) a mason jar.


  • Dressing:
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/8 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salad:
  • 2 (6-inch) pitas, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped arugula
  • 1/4 cup minced Vidalia onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

Nutrition Information

  • calories 224
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 9.9 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 5.2 g
  • carbohydrate 20.8 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 268 mg
  • calcium 45 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

  3. To prepare salad, arrange torn pita in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Cool completely. Reserve 1/2 cup toasted pita.

  4. Combine tomato and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining toasted pita and dressing to bowl; toss well to coat. Top evenly with reserved 1/2 cup toasted pita. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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