Fattoush: Eating Lebanon

by Karen on Saturday, June 12, 2010

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A light and tangy salad is the perfect side for a hearty dish like mujaddara.   Fattoush is a salad made of mixed vegetables topped with fried pita, and is made when cooks have left over stale pita. However, instead of standing over a greasy hot fryer, I’m just going to buy store-bought pita chips, which are readily available and taste great (try Waleed’s brand)!

- 2 tsps sumac (Sumac is an ubiquitous Middle Eastern spice. It has a sour flavor and can be found in most Middle Eastern grocery stores)
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and dried
- 4 radishes, thinly sliced
- 2 Persian cucumbers, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, ripe but firm, roughly diced
- 1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup of parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp of balsamic vinegar

Mix sumac, allspice and pepper to the sliced onions and rub it in well.

Cut the lettuce leaves crossways into 1-inch strips. Place them in a large salad bowl with the radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and all the herb leaves.

*Tip: Do you have lettuce that is wilty and not very crispy? Soak the leaves in cold water and a few healthy splashes of vinegar (any kind of vinegar). Let the leaves soak for about 15-20 minutes, and the leaves will be crunchy and crispy!

Dressing: Mix the garlic with the lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Whisk in the extra virgin olive oil and salt.

When you are ready to serve, add the spiced onions to the other salad ingredients, add the dressing and toss. Add the fried bread on top of everything and serve.

(Adapted from Artichoke to Za’atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food)

{ 9 comments }

Morgan January 12, 2003 at 6:03 pm

I was browsing Tastespotting and saw your post. I am currently 100% obsessed with fattoush but I always buy it from the Lebanese restaurant down the street. Your recipe is so simple; I really must try making it myself!

Karen July 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Please do- it was really yummy! And let me know how it turns out!

kathy July 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

omg. yummy. All those spices are amazing. beautiful photos! I hope you will submit this to http://www.findingvegan.com! ~Kathy

Karen July 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Definitely– and thanks! Will be sure to post future vegan dishes!

Jessica July 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Delicious! Thanks for the tips about lettuce…I’d never heard of that!

Karen August 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

It’s a great tip I learned from a friend. Instead of soaking them in vinegar and water you can also soak the leaves in a bath of iced water for 20 or so minutes and it works the same!

mremmers August 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

I made this salad for dinner last night and served it with lamb kofta. It was delicious, exactly as posted. Thanks so much. I’m your newest faithful follower. ;-)

Karen August 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Thanks– I’m so glad it turned out yummy!! If you make other dishes, please let us know how it turns out– we love the feedback!

Vegetarian Recipe May 24, 2013 at 4:02 am

i was searching for a Lebanese vegetarian recipe.While preparing, i changed your recipe little bit by adding all the vegetable i could find in my kitchen. It came well too. (not as tasty as the original recipe). Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe

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