- With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
- Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until crisp. Let cool then break into pieces.
- In a bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, including the pita pieces.
- In a bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the salad. Toss to coat and serve immediately.
Pita is a Greek word that means bread. The pita is the daily bread of all Middle Eastern people. But from one country to another, its name and appearance may vary. Thus, the Greek pita is thicker than what is known here, the Lebanese pita can’t be spilt in half. In Syria, pita, also called Shamy, is thinner and splits in half, allowing it to be stuffed.
Whether in Lebanon, Syria or elsewhere, pita bread is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning it is covered with honey. For lunch and dinner, it is dipped in olive oil, covered with labneh or tapenade, or better yet, stuffed with falafel.