One of my all-time favourite foods is the Lebanese Fattoush Salad. Fattoush Salad is tastefully acidic salad made with fresh ingredients, topped with thin fried or toasted (fried is always so much better) pita bread, and showered with Sumac.
What is s sumac? Sumac is a tart and acidic tasting spice which grows as a small blood red berry throughout the Mediterranean and Middle-East. The berries are harvested, dried and crushed.
There are many renditions of this salad. The recipe below is simple basic and absolutely delicious.
To construct the salad you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 head of romaine lettuce torn in pieces
- a bunch of purslane or mâche (I’ve added a link in case your not sure what this ingredient is)
- 3 Lebanese cucumbers (or English-hothouse, or just plain cucumbers)
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- a few radishes, sliced
- Red onions, sliced
- a handful of chopped Italian parsley and a handful of fresh mint
- a green pepper, diced (optional)
- a large loaf of pita bread or 2 small pita breads
For the salad dressing you will need:
- 2 Lemons
- ½ Cup high quality preferably organic Extra Virgin olive oil
- 2 large tablespoons of Sumac
- 2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped or crushed in a mortar and pestle with a dash of salt.
Preparing Fattoush salad is a pretty simple affair:
- Brush the tops of your pita bread with generous amounts of EV olive oil; topped with a copious serving of Sumac spice
- With a large and sharp knife cut your seasoned pita bread into small triangles. Place the pita triangles in a shallow pan and toast at 325F until crispy.
- Once you pita is nice and crispy, prepare the salad and mix the dressing, and toss all the ingredients together.
- Use salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
This recipe is not written in stone. Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like to this salad. In fact I’ve included a nice YouTube video demonstrating how to prepare this salad in a slightly different manner. Enjoy