So Gerry and I were riding the bikes at the gym, I was reading this book, and I got to a chapter called "Tomatoes." My dislike of tomatoes is practically legendary, but reading isn't eating, so I dove in. Soon I was handing the book to Gerry and urging him to read this part:
My favorite salad is the ubiquitous salad of the Middle East: diced cucumber, onion, and tomato dressed with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. If you fry up some squares of pita bread in olive oil and add some flat-leafed parsley and a little fresh mint, you have a salad called fattosh, which is ridiculously delicious and extremely simple to make. This salad, with or without bread, is my summer staple.
Gerry's eyebrows rose, and he nodded. We had gotten a little behind on our cucumbers, so this was a perfect way to use them up before getting the next week's share. This week's share also includes cukes and tomatoes, so you might want to give this dish a try!
Preparation is ridiculousy quick and easy. Chop everything and toss it in some lemon juice and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste, and it's done!
Gerry wasn't too sure about adding the pita squares, but I urged him to give it a try, just to see what a Middle Eastern "bread salad" was like. "Think of them as croutons," I said. Turns out he really liked what the pita added to the dish. But either way, it's a pretty, simple, and (if you like tomatoes) delicious summer meal!