Lentil Fattoush Salad – Inspired by Pita Jungle

I love visiting Pita Jungle! The food is healthy, the kids meals are great (no hot dogs on the menu!) and the food is all healthy. One of my favorite recipes is the lentil fattoush salad. I must admit that the crispy pita chips and caramelized onions on top keep me coming back for more, but overall the salad is hearty, filling and tasty. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
Dried Green Lentils (1/2 cup cooked)
Brown Rice  (1/2 cup cooked)
Cucumbers (1/4 C)
Tomatoes  (6 sm. cherry or grape)
Red Onion (1/4 medium)
Lettuce (whatever mixed greens you like, 1- 1/2 cups)
Lemon Juice (4 TBS)
Red Wine Vinegar  (1 TBS)
Olive Oil (3 TBS)
Pita Chips (half a whole wheat or white pita. Can cut into piece and fry or bake. Think of these as croutons)
Sumac Spice (1 1/2 tsp- sprinkle pita chips and also top of salad before serving)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cook 1/2 cup of dried green lentils according to directions on bag

2. Cook 1/2 cup of brown rice according to directions on the bag

3. Chop cucumbers and tomatoes, set aside

4. Place 2 tablespoons of Olive oil into a frying pan, heated to medium heat

5. Slice red onion and place into oil in pan, cook until caramelized

6. Toss lentils and rice into a large bowl and coat with lemon juice,  vinegar and 1 TBS  of olive oil

7. Place lettuce on plate

8. Place lentil and rice mixture down on the plate

9. Add cucumbers, tomatoes and caramelized onions on top

10. Sprinkle with sumac spice and serve with crispy pita chips

Image courtesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kunitsa/9590335401/

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