In the Middle East, we eat a lot of fresh, crisp and delicious salads. One of the most delicious salads that’s prepared in the Levant area.
Do you want to k now my favorite part of this salad? It’s traditionally served with FRIED pita bread. That’s right. You fry pita bread until it’s crispy, then you crumble it up and toss it with the salad to soak up all of the lemon, olive oil, sumac and garlic. I mean, does it get any better than that? Nope. It does not.
For my version of this salad, i’ve lightened it up a bit because 1) Aint nobody got time to fry bread and 2) my god, i can not justify adding fried bread to my salad. However, if you so please to fry your pita bread, GO AHEAD AND DO IT! It’s incredibly delicious.
The second most unique thing about this salad is that the dressing is EXTREMELY simple but super complex by using sumac, The sumac adds a tangy, tart flavor and just pairs so nicely with the crushed garlic.
The cool thing about this salad is that you can practically throw any veggie you like into it. Carrots, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, parsley, mint, cucumber, it’s all game!
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Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-5 servings
1. 1 head of lettuce, chopped
2. 3 radishes, diced
3. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped in half or 2 large tomatoes, diced
4. 1 green bell pepper diced
5. 3 green onions, diced
6. 1/2 bunch of parsley, shaved
7. 1/4 cup mint, shaved
8. 1 cucumber, chopped
9. 1 loaf pita bread
for the dressing
1. 1/4 cup olive oil
2. 4 cloves garlic, crushed
3. 2 lemons, juiced
4. 2 tbsp sumac
5. 1/2 tsp salt
1. Prepare your dressing first and set aside by whisking together all of the dressing ingredients. Set aside to rest while you prepare your salad.
2. Chop, dice and shave all of your ingredients. You can essentially cut them to any size you prefer.
3. Toast your pita bread until golden brown, hard, and crisp in a toaster oven. Set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, add all of your salad ingredients. Using your hands, break apart your pita bread into bite sized pieces and add it to the top of your salad bowl.
3. Give your salad dressing one final whisk and add it to your salad bowl.
4. Mix your fattoush thoroughly and serve immediately to ensure your bread remains crisp and doesn’t get too soggy! If you plan on serving this later, reserve your bread to be adding at the very end. Always toss with the dressing right before serving! Enjoy!