Mouth-watering Middle Eastern flavours spring to life in this super-healthy and easy bread salad. Have you ever tried fattoush? It is a traditional Lebanese salad, colorful, refreshing, crunchy and full of flavor.
Fattoush is made with vegetables and crispy toasted flatbread, which soaks up the dressing beautifully. It’s a simple recipe, packed with freshness and flavour – serve this salad as a side to grilled meats.
- 2 finely chopped tomatoes
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 1 bunch of green mint
- 1 bunch of Italian parsley
- ½ bunch red radish
- 20 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 1 large green/bell pepper
- ½ cup of Purslane Leaves (optional)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 table spoons of Sumac spice
- ⅓ cup of pomegranate molasses
- ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5 Lebanese pita bread loafs
- ⅓ cup of Olive Oil
- 0.5 to 1 teaspoon of Salt
- Use fresh, organic veggies if possible. Rinse all veggies thoroughly with cold water or veggie wash. You could also soak them in cold water and a cup of white vinegar for a few minutes to kill any bacteria.
- Separate the pita bread leafs, sprinkle a bit of sumac and olive oil on them, cut them into 1×1 inch squares, and toast them in the oven until they are light brown (bake for ~ 3-5 mins on 400F). Put aside.
- Chop the tomatoes into small chunks of 1 inch.
- Chop the Persian cucumbers into disks of ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. If Persian cucumbers are not available, use English or regular cucumbers and chop into smaller pieces since they have a larger diameter naturally.
- Chop onions into small disks of about ⅓ inch long.
- Green Mint and Italian Parsley:remove stems, and chop leaves in halves or thirds. You don’t want the pieces to be too tiny or too large.
- Red Radish: chop into thin disks.
- Green Pepper: Chop into small pieces of ⅓ inch.
- Lettuce: chop into pieces of 1-2 inches.
- Garlic: crush garlic with a dash of salt, put aside.
Mixing the Fattoush Salad:
- Mix immediately before serving so the salad doesn’t get soggy. Place all vegetables in a bowl, add the mashed garlic, pomegranate molasses, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sumac and salt and mix well with the veggies.
- Then add the toasted bread and olive oil and mix again, gently so the bread doesn’t break much.
- Add the olive oil at the end, mix gently then serve.
Serve the fattoush salad on its own or as a side dish with grilled meat, fish or chicken.
I recommend you give this easy, fresh and delicious recipe a try. I think you will love it!