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Mediterranean Salad - 4 net carbs per serving

Posted Jan 06 2011 9:20am
My wife and I love Mediterranean foods.  One of my favorite dishes is fattoush salad.  It is pronounced "fat-toosh" which sounds an awful lot like the word fat "tush" (ie. fat buttocks).  What gives fattoush it's name is the pieces of crispy baked pita chips mixed into the salad.  The veggie ingredients vary from recipe to recipe but the dressing remains roughly the same.  So, here is my version of a thintoush salad.  You can leave out the pita or try the other options I offer you. 

4 servings at 4 net carbs per serving.

Salad Ingredients:
2 cups Romain lettuce   
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tomato                     
2 cucumbers               
3 green onions           
1/4 cup fresh parsley  

Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup lemon juice  
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sumac  (a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern spice)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Instructions:
Chop up salad ingredients and put in bowl.  Mix together dressing ingredients.  Pour dressing over salad and toss salad. 

Optionally:  If your diet can afford it add 1 cup toasted pita or pita chips (about 20 net carbs).  If not, you can make your own by deep frying low carb tortillas, low carb pita, or low carb flatout (carbs vary).  Or, for the lowest carbs, simply eat the salad without the fattoush (pita chips). 
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