Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips ♥

Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Great crunch and color. Kid Friendly! Weight Watchers Friendly!
What a simple chopped salad, just cucumber, rainbow-colored bell peppers, carrot and celery tossed with a creamy feta Greek dressing and for extra crunch, toasted pita chips.

Fresh Vegetables, Fast & Casual. Not Just Easy, Summer Easy. Kid Friendly. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly.


Kids & Grown-Ups Can Agree

My friend Ann put out a stunning array of food for our book club last month. But it was the salad — oh, the colorful salad! — that caught my attention first. "My kids devour this salad," the mother of two preteen boys said. Really? A salad with so many vegetables and kids gobble it down?

Turns out, the trick is the Toasted Pita Chips. Now I may be a grown-up but here, I'm with the kids. The pita chips really do add something special: without them, this salad would be just some chopped vegetables tossed in Greek salad dressing, good but not stand-out special. If you like Panzanella, the Italian bread salad, you'll love this one too.

BOOK CLUBS & READING GROUPS Speaking of book clubs, have you seen my reading group's book list? We've been reading together since 1994!

Grabbed by "Greek"

True Fact: I once fell in love with a Greek god on a Greek isle. But I don't think that's why recipes with the word "Greek" catch my attention. I've learned that those recipes usually include lots of fresh vegetables plus the wonderful sour of fresh feta. If "Greece" calls your name too, you'll love the recipes I've claimed as my own over the years.

Chicken Greek Salad with Simple Hummus
Greek Feta Chicken
Greek Chicken Dagwood Sandwiches
Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables)
Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki)
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Greens (Flash Cook to Eat Later)
Greek Rice Salad with Artichokes & Feta
Creamy Feta Mousse with Greek Salads
Spiral Zucchini Noodle “Zoodle” Greek Salad
Greek Lentil Soup
Greek Spinach-Asparagus-Potato Gratin (Spinaki me Sparaggia Orgraten)

COMPLIMENTS!
"MMMMM ... a lovely and tasty supper salad! Yummmmm ..." ~ Sophie

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GREEK BREAD SALAD with TOASTED PITA CHIPS

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Makes 8 cups (easily halved)

TOASTED PITA CHIPS
2 large pitas

SALAD
2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
4 ribs celery, trimmed and chopped small
1 red pepper, cored and chopped small
1 orange or yellow pepper, cored and chopped small
3 green onions, white and green parts both, chopped
1/2 an English cucumber, chopped small
Homemade Greek Salad Dressing or commercial Greek salad dressing

TOASTED PITA CHIPS Set the oven to 350F/180C. Cut the pitas into squares, separating the two sides. Drop onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes until crisp, tossing after 10 minutes and every 5 minutes until done. Can be made in advance, they stay crisp!

SALAD Chop and combine the vegetables in a large bowl. Can be done in advance.

TO SERVE Just before serving, toss with Greek salad dressing. Stir in the Toasted Pita Chips and serve.

ALANNA's TIP & KITCHEN NOTES
STORE-BOUGHT DRESSING For convenience, Ann uses a commercial salad dressing. If I were doing this, I'd thin it a bit with a little milk so it wouldn't be so thick and gloppy and would go further.
STORE-BOUGHT PITA CHIPS? Sure! That makes this an extra-easy salad.
FLAT BREAD? The first time I made this salad, I toasted some flat bread that was on hand. NOT as good! (Didn't I say the pita chips are special?) Now that I know how good the pita chips taste, next time I'll bake extra to keep on hand for adding to other salads, just a few at a time.
CELERY IS IMPORTANT The proportion of celery in this salad seems important to the overall crunch of this salad. When I once used just two ribs of celery, it wasn't enough.



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Comments

  1. The salad looks delicious and I do love the Italian Bread salad, too--so will give this a try--can't wait to get your Greek Dressing. On book list--WOW! Have you all read any Louise Erdrich. She is a favorite of mine.

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  2. Thank you for posting this delicious recipe, along with the nutritional info! that's really helpful.

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  3. yeah, Dinner for tonight is planned :)

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  4. I love panzanella, so I'm sure I'd love this salad with pitas. Sounds perfect for summer or anytime to me, Alanna!

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  5. MMMMMM,...a lovely & tasty super salad!!

    Yummmm,...

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