Fattoush Salad with Za'atar Pitas

Once a year I make it a point to catch the ferry to the Vineyard for the day. Martha’s Vineyard, that is.

The island where President Obama and his family were vacationing the same day I was there. But, for some reason I did not see him. He was not hanging around the ferry dock at Oak Bluffs, on the bus to Edgartown, or enjoying a margarita on the top deck at Nancy’s.

I know, I couldn’t believe it either. But I can be certain that he enjoyed every blissful minute on the idyllic island. It’s impossible not to. The second you step off the ferry you are transported to vacation-mode, with no worries. It’s like being in Jamaica. Except with khakis. And Range Rovers.

But I don’t go for the shopping. I don’t go for the beach. I don’t go for the margaritas. Well maybe, the margaritas... But, really, I go for the beauty. With the sun shining, Edgartown is incredibly inspiring and one of my favorite places to photograph. This year I had the hidden agenda of trying out my new lens for an upcoming trip. I spent the day in full tourist mode snapping photos left and right, high and low. This embarrassed my father, who has been coming to the island for 60 years. But if I racked up 350 photos of the Vineyard in one day, well, he’s in for a real treat when the family heads to Alaska next month.

And really, it’s too bad I didn’t see the President, because darnit, I had my camera ready.

Nancy’s is always our last and favorite stop of the day. My mother likes it because her name is Nancy, the guys love ogling the boats in the harbor and I enjoy working on my tan. In staying with tradition, I always order the Fattoush salad. It’s delicious.

And it compliments my margarita very nicely.

Fattoush salad with Za'atar Pitas
serves 4

2 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 2 lemons
2 T tahini
1/8 c olive oil

2 pita bread rounds, cut into wedges
3 T olive oil
salt, to taste
2 T za'atar
4 c packed mixed greens
3 T chopped fresh mint
2 T chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro)
1/2 small cucumber, roughly chopped
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, chopped
14-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/c c crumbled feta cheese

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside.

Place pita wedges on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and Za’atar. Broil 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. In a large bowl, combine mixed greens, mint, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes and red onion. Top with pita wedges, chickpeas and feta cheese. Just before serving, toss with dressing.


April (Everything Little Miss) said...

beautiful vineyard photos! i seem to take a million every time i'm there too - it's just so pretty! :)

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I am glad you went ahead and embarrassed your father; those pictures are gorgeous. I have never been, but must go now!

Sprout said...

I love fattoush! But we have so many great places to get it here, I never thought to make it - will have to change that!

Dana said...

Lovely lovely photos. I just returned from our island paradise where I got some good shots, but nothing compared to those beauties. I never did make it to the Vineyard in my college years back East - it's something I regret.

katiecrackernuts said...

Glorious, as always.

Cooking With Dia said...

You always do such a good job with your pictures. I love the one of the bicycle. :)I also love pita bread, kind of miss that!

alisa said...

what beautiful photos! that new lens is certainly doing its job - what kind is it?

fattoush is SO delicious, I often wonder why I never make it:0)

Sprouted Kitchen said...

so lovely, i will go there someday. Pitas croutons are such a nice change, the recipe looks great. Glad you had a nice trip!

simpledaisy said...

Wow...great photos! Definately makes me want to vacation there!
Great recipe too! I love pita bread in any form!

jacqueline said...

This looks yummie! Im cooking for a few friends this weekend and i plan to go thru all your receipts and find a dish to make from here! So happy to be back visiting you @ your bubble space! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Cookie Cutter said...

Lovely post and great photos! Swoon... One thing I realised about photography is to not be shy about it. There were times when I was exactly that and missed a potentially beautiful shot. Makes me wanna hit myself when I think about it later.

Creategirl said...

ohh I love Za'atar and always have it in the house. Have you been to Oleana in Cambridge? You would love the dishes, it is where I first fell in love with Za'atar. You might like the cookbook "Spice" from them too! Great post!

fresh365 said...

Oleana is on the TOP of my of my to-do list. I knew I’d love it! I had no idea they have a cookbook. I will have to check it out- Thanks!