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Pita Bread Salad – There is no better way to start of the New Year off than with a healthy veggie-packed meal with a little Mediterranean flavor mixed in!

Pita Bread Salad

Za’atar is my new favorite spice.

Pita Bread Salad spices

First it was sumac—which I loved adding to salads, meats and hummus. And now za’atar.

And I am not the only one. My Mom is right there with me! Back in October my Mom and I were at a The Spice and Tea Exchange in Asheville, NC (which I loved–see below) and found a little bag of za’atar and knew we had to have it.

spices - Pita Bread Salad

If you can’t find this spice at your local stores then you can order it online at Penzeys SpicesI promise you won’t regret it.

When I saw this Pita Bread Salad in my Cooking Light Magazine I knew I had to try it.

Pita Bread Salad on a plate

As I have mentioned, I have a slight addiction to Cooking Light. Not only are there recipes healthy, but they are easy to make and are usually quick to make (and that is not a sponsored plug—I really LOVE their recipes). For a busy, working Mom—those things are key!

So back to the Pita Bread Salad…

plateful of delicious Pita Bread Salad

It reminded me a little bit of Fattoush minus the lettuce and adding the za’atar. I made this to accompany Liz from The Lemon Bowl’s Lemony Chicken Soup with Greens on New Years Day and it was the perfect pairing.  I love Liz’s blog—she has wonderful, healthy recipes that are unique and worth trying. Check her site out!

There is no better way than to start of the New Year off with a veggie packed meal with a little Mediterranean flavor mixed in.

Pita Bread Salad

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A light and healthy salad packed full of veggies, olives and feta and topped with a light vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups pasta (I used tri-colored rotini, fortified with spinach and tomato)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Instructions

  1. Directions
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, oregano, basil and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, olives, feta cheese.
  5. Toss the pasta salad with half of the dressing, mixing well. Cover the bowl and chill overnight.
  6. Before serving the salad toss the remaining half of the dressing over the pasta salad.

Notes

If you are serving the salad right away you can rinse the pasta off with cold water to cool it down then mix it with the vegetables, cheese and olives and all of the dressing. Peperocinis would be a great addition in this recipe (I just didn't have any on hand) as well as grilled chicken or chopped roasted red peppers. Pasta salads are very customizable! If there is something you don’t like take it out. If there is something you want, add it in. There are no rules!!

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Denise Wright

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

I love fattoush but never make it. This looks delicious! I have at least 2 or 3 bottles of zaatar and never use it. I HAVE to use it now. You have inspired me. ;)

Julia

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

I am so glad you like it! I love this salad. Such a great reason to use za'atar!

Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon.com

Monday 8th of April 2013

I LOVE pita bread. You can always find some in my house! It tastes great with everything. I had never heard of Za’atar though, I'm really curious to try! Thanks for sharing Julia :)

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

Pita bread is the best--I love it with hummus, making sandwiches or putting it on salads. Za'atar is a great spice that is used in a lot of Middle Eastern cooking. A lot of ethnic stores or big grocery stores have it. I hope you can find it!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

Thursday 17th of January 2013

This looks awesome! I love pita and I love salads, so I can only imagine that the combination is fabulous. Thanks for sharing :).

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 18th of January 2013

Thanks! You will love it. I love putting pita chips in salads! I hope you try it and enjoy it.

Diana @ Appetite for china

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

What a great idea for a light lunch! I definitely need to try this once I buy some za’atar. Thanks for sharing this!

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 17th of January 2013

I love this salad! If you buy za'atar you will love it. It is great to put on salads, meats, in hummus or even with olive oil for dipping bread into. Enjoy!

Anna @ Garnish with Lemon

Friday 11th of January 2013

We have a store that sells pita chips already seasoned with Za'atar, so I'm ready to indulge in this beauty for lunch. Thanks for the inspiration, Julia!

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 11th of January 2013

I have actually never seen a store that sells pita chips with za'atar--that's great you have a place that does! Pita chips are so easy to make and throw your favorite spices on. Thanks for stopping by!

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