Posted by: literallydelicious | March 21, 2010

Chopped Syrian Salad

I came across this recipe not long ago and tweaked it a bit. I love one-meal salads, though I’m still pretty convinced that the sole purpose for the existence of lettuce is to hold blue-cheese dressing or vinaigrette. This salad has it all — veggies, meat, cheeses. And the cool thing is it you can make a wrap or a sandwich with it — just grab your favorite flat wrap or pita, fill it and you’ve got lunch on the run.

CHOPPED SYRIAN SALAD

6 cups lettuce, your choice, chopped fairly fine

1-2 cucumbers, diced

3 plum tomatoes, diced

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cubed

1 small red onion, diced

1 small jar artichoke hearts, drained and diced

1 cup olives, your choice, drained and diced

4 thin slices hard salami, julienned

4 thin slices proscuitto or ham, julienned

feta cheese to taste, crumbled

grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

DRESSING:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

garlic powder, dried oregano, black pepper and cilantro, to taste

1.  In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and toss.

2. In a jar, combine dressing ingredients and shake well. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve with pita or naan (Indian flatbread — our WalMart actually carries it now!).

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