Mouth Watering Fattoush Salad

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Mouth-watering Middle Eastern flavours spring to life in this super-healthy and easy bread salad. imageHave 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.

Ingredients :

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Chop the tomatoes into small chunks of 1 inch.
  4. 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.
  5. Chop onions into small disks of about ⅓ inch long.
  6. 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.
  7. Red Radish: chop into thin disks.
  8. Green Pepper: Chop into small pieces of ⅓ inch.
  9. Lettuce: chop into pieces of 1-2 inches.
  10. Garlic: crush garlic with a dash of salt, put aside.

Mixing the Fattoush Salad:

  1. 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.
  2. Then add the toasted bread and olive oil and mix again, gently so the bread doesn’t break much.
  3. 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!

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