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Fatoosh Salad and Veggie Ragu

Apparently in Lebanon, what I know as Israeli salad, is called Fatoosh.  The only real difference as far as I can tell, is that there’s Sumac in the dressing instead of zataar.  I used both in this, because frankly, when it comes to the spice of life, it’s the more the merrier.


I used a slightly more American combo of vegetable ingredients, going with mescalin? mix, cucumbers, and peas.  The dressing was as follows.

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp zataar
1 tbsp sumac
salt to taste

Now while the salad was great, the Ragu was even better.  Unlike the salad however, the Ragu just isn’t a great looking dish.


The Veggie Ragu is a recipe from The Passionate Vegetarian, which I followed to a T, except that I skipped all the cooking instructions and dumped everything in the slow cooker for 7 hours instead.  It has a lot of large chunks instead of being overly saucy, but that can be a good thing for pasta.  I grew up with pasta/veggie stirfrys all the time, we weren’t a spaghetti and marinara kind of family.  I was also a pretty big fan of the seitan in the mix, which somehow avoided rubbery land unlike the seitan in the chili…oh well.


2 comments to Fatoosh Salad and Veggie Ragu

  • AWESOME! I’m constantly searching for vegetarian diet recipes and I stumbled your site. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I’m gonna try it right away! Thanks for providing this awesome recipe. This is a nice blog and will be looking forward to read more from you.

    - Shane

  • Does anyone have the recipe for chicken salad with? I’m looking for the recipe for chicken salad that has peas and potatoes…i had this at a baby shower on some tostadas and it was really good. does anyone have this recipe. thanx

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