Fattoush is a Middle Eastern bread salad made with seasonal vegetables and stale pita. In this recipe from Cat Cora, the pita pieces are toasted with sesame seed and paprika to give them a nutty crunch and a rosy hue.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss pita pieces with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 2 teaspoons of the sesame seed, paprika and sea salt in large bowl. Spread evenly in large baking pan
Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until pita are crisp. Set aside to cool
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in medium skillet on medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool
Toss cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini, green onions, lemon juice, mint, thyme, and garlic and oil mixture in large bowl. Cover
Refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors. Add pita; toss to mix well. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sesame seed. Serve immediately
• If McCormick Gourmet™ Toasted Sesame Seed is unavailable, use McCormick Gourmet™ Sesame Seed. Toast in a small skillet on medium heat 2 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.
This recipe was created by Cat Cora, Bon Appétit Executive Chef.