Once I get hooked onto something... I really get hooked. See this meal. I swear I was eating that meal for months! Since I usually cook for myself, I usually have to end up eating leftovers until it's all gone, but for this combo, I find myself cooking it over and over again and never getting bored of it.
Really, it's the simplest components that could be enjoyed separately, but I just love them together. First, it starts off with a simple but incredibly tasty rice pilaf. I make it all of the time and the fact that I can just put all of the ingredients into a rice cooker and walk away is magic; pure magic. Next, comes the fattoush salad dressed in a simple greek dressing. It's all of my favorite veggies in a dressing that keeps everything fresh and light. If I want, I sauté some spinach with some olive oil and garlic, set it all on a plate and sprinkle with some French feta. And yes, French feta is completely different than Greek feta, and much more tasty - in my opinion!
The picture above is how I normally enjoy all of this stuff but honestly, these are simple recipes for you to use with your own discretion. The rice pilaf is excellent under kabobs and the fattoush is awesome on top some lettuce! Let me know how you like to use these recipes :)
Simple Fattoush Salad
Yields: 4 servings
For the salad:
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and cubed
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cubed
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
3 green onions, sliced
3 tbsn. chopped fresh mint
For the dressing*:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. seasoned salt (such as Lawry's)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. dried mint
To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a small jar. Seal the jar, then shake vigorously until combined and slightly emulsified, set aside. Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. *The dressing makes much more than needed for the fatuous, but is excellent on almost everything, so save for future use. Use just enough dressing to coat the veggies. Set aside to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Sometimes I like to enjoy the fattoush as a mid-day snack - I love it so!
Classic Rice Pilaf
Yields: 6 - 8 servings
1/2 cup fideo noodles
3 tbsn. unsalted butter, melted
1 cup jasmine rice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 cups water*
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the fideo noodles out on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Make sure to check after 3 minutes just in case your oven is super hot; set aside. In a rice cooker, combine the rice, toasted fideo noodles, butter, spices and water. Cook under the 'white rice' setting. After done, fluff with a fork and enjoy!
*You could use low-sodium chicken stock as an alternative!