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Middle Eastern Salad With A Healthy Twist

Middle Eastern Salad With A Healthy Twist

Enjoy this delicious Middle Eastern Salad with salad dressing and then sprinkle crispy pita chips on top. Or for a low fat option, skip on the dressing and serve with cottage cheese or garbanzo beans for a healthy protein packed lunch or dinner.

Submitted by: Lauren Weber, DO
Women's Health Specialist and Family Practice, Center for Women's Health, A NorthBay Affiliate

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf of Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain bread, chopped up
  • 2½ cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium sized cucumber peeled and diced
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic made into a paste with salt and a pestle and mortar (if you don't have one use the knife blade to smash into a paste)
  • 2 generous portions of zataar seasoning
  • Juice from two lemons

Preparation

Salad Preparation:

  • Split in half a loaf of Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread and chop up. Then coat the bread with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and generously sprinkle with zataar seasoning (found at a spice store or at middle eastern grocery stores).
  • Place in oven at 325 degrees until crispy and brown (not burnt).
  • Toss all of the herbs and vegetables and if you plan on eating immediately toss with dressing. Otherwide, hold on mixing the dressing as the lettuce will get soggy.
  • Toss dressing with salad and then sprinkle crispy pita chips on top, or serve with cottage cheese or garbanzo beans for a healthy protein packed lunch or dinner.

To save on calories and fat, skip on the dressing and make your dish with 1 cup of salad sprinkled with pita chips and mixed with 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese.

Dressing Preparation:

  • Combine olive oil, garlic paste, zataar seasoning and lemon juice.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Makes 6 servings

(Analysis includes 1/4 cup olive oil)

  • Calories: 130
  • Total Fat: 10grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 10g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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