Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad

Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad
Illustration By Cyndi Coon

Pita Jungle is a fast-growing chain here in the Valley, but many of us remember the days when it was just the original, take-out only, hole in the wall in Tempe. The Mediterranean-style menu remains pretty much the same and is pretty consistent. A favorite is the lentils and rice in Pita Jungle's version of the Fattoush Salad.

So what if you could make this recipe at home and have enough for left-overs for days? Beats take-out and is much cheaper when you consider the number of meals.

Grab the knock-off recipe for Pita Jungle's Fattoush Salad after the jump.

INGREDIENTS:
Dried Green Lentils
Brown Rice
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Red Onion
Lettuce
Lemon Juice
Red Wine Vinegar
Olive Oil
Pita Chips
Sumac Spice

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cook a bag of dried green lentils according to directions on bag

Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad
Photo: Cyndi Coon


2. Cook 2 cups of brown rice according to directions on bag

Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad
Photo: Cyndi Coon


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

Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad
Photo: Cyndi Coon


6. Toss lentils and rice into a large bowl and coat with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, ¼ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of olive oil
7. If you want/like lettuce place a bed down on a plate, or leave it off if that is your preference
8. Place lentil and rice mixture down on the plate
9. Add cucumbers, tomatoes and onions on top
10. Sprinkle with sumac spice and serve with crispy pita chips

Pita Jungle At Home: Fattoush Salad
Photo: Cyndi Coon

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