Fattoush recipe

fattoush

Fattoush is a salad from Syria containing tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber. It has a distinctive flavour from the sumac in the dressing.

This salad is brilliant. I even went back for seconds.

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!

Fattoush recipe

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

Dressing

1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp sweet paprika (optional)
1 tsp sumac
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bottle – shake to combine.
  2. Crisp the pita bread in a moderate oven or under a grill.
  3. 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.

Serves 2.

Thank you to Herbie’s Spices for providing a sample. 

6 thoughts on “Fattoush recipe”

  1. I’ve never put sumac in a salad dressing before. I must give this a try. I don’t like radishes either. My mother used to grow them when I was little and they grew so well they unfortunately were always in plentiful supply. It seems we had them nightly in ever salad. I haven’t been able to look at them since! xx

  2. You are introducing me to so many of Herbie’s Spices that I have not heard of before. Do you buy them online or are they available in the shops?

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