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Fattoush

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of James Merrell

I love this Lebanese salad made with roughly cut tomatoes, green peppers, onions, scallions, fresh mint, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. The flavors are unusual and the texture varied. Every Middle Eastern restaurant now makes its own version. Lebanese-born Ramzi Osseiran showed me some of the vegetables he uses, and I incorporated them into my own recipe. Like panzanella, fattoush was created as a way to use up day-old bread, soaking it in the dressing and serving it with vegetables. I sprinkle sumac on top, a tangy spice from a red berry. Start with a teaspoon and work your way up, flavoring to taste. When fresh pomegranates are available, sprinkle the seeds on top.

8 servings

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, side dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, healthy, kosher, lactose-free, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturecrisp, crunchy, garlicky, herby, sharp, spiced, tangy, tart

Type of Dishfirst course salad, main course salad

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pita bread
  • 1 large tomato, diced, seeds removed
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, halved and cut into long strips
  • 1 red pepper, halved and cut into long strips
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut in rounds
  • 1 bunch radishes (about 5), sliced
  • 2 scallions, chopped, both white and green parts
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, purslane, or other wild greens, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 handful (about ¼ cup) coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 4 teaspoons pomegranate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1-3 teaspoons ground sumac (available in Middle Eastern markets)

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