Fattoush is a salad from Syria containing tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and most distinctively is the sumac in the dressing. This salad is brilliant and I even went back for seconds – unheard of before.
Sumac is a berry and the powder is a deep burgundy colour. The taste is salty and tangy and pleasantly fruity with no sharpness. It is used in Middle Eastern cooking as a souring agent instead of lemon or vinegar. It can be sprinkled on kebabs and other meats before cooking and used a garnish for salads. Sumac is available from Herbie’s Spices.
If you like them, add 2-3 radishes, halved. I don’t like them much so I’ve left them out. I’ve also left out the paprika as I’m intolerant to it. The dressing is garlicky – you have been warned!
1 pita bread
1 Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthwise, cut into thin slices
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red capsicum, cut into cubes
2 handfuls of lettuce leaves, torn
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp sweet paprika (optional)
1 tsp sumac
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
- Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bottle – shake to combine.
- Crisp the pita bread in a moderate oven or under a grill.
- Place all the vegetables and herbs in a large bowl. Break the bread into small, rough pieces into the bowl. Add the dressing and toss well with your hands.
Thank you to Herbie’s Spices for providing a sample.