Fattoush (middle Eastern Salad)


This literally translates as Bread Salad, but we could rename it Fittoush by leaving out the bread! The
fresh ingredients, delicious dressing and most importantly the spice SUMAC conspire to
make this as healthy and delicious a salad as you could imagine.


1 clove garlic peeled
1 1/4 tsp salt
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1tablespoon sumac (sometimes called Sumak)
10 oz ripe tomatoes, rinsed and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
5 large spring onions, trimmed rinsed, thinly sliced
2 cauliflower florets, rinsed and cut into tiny pieces
6 radishes, trimmed and finely sliced
1 green pepper, seeded, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 baby cucumber, rinsed cut lengthwise and sliced
a handful arugula leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp freshly milled pepper
half a bunch fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
A handful mint leaves, chopped
Half a head Webb lettuce, rinsed well, drained and shredded into 1/2 ribbons
2 small whole-wheat pita breads, toasted and torn into very small pieces
In a large salad bowl crush the garlic with 1/4 the amount of salt until smooth and
creamy, add lemon juice and 1 tablespoon only of the oil. Add the sumac and the
tomatoes, sprinkled with the remaining salt to bring out their full flavor. Add the spring
onions, the radishes, cauliflower florets, green pepper, cucumber and arugula and season
with black pepper. Add parsley, mint and lettuce. Set aside for a minute. In a separate
bowl toss the toasted pita bread with remaining oil, coating it on all sides, this will keep it
crunchy for longer. Add and toss well with other ingredients. Taste, adjust seasonings
and serve.