Fattoush, the name sounds like a big hug. This is a Middle-Eastern salad made from mixed vegetables and toasted pitta ( or other flatbreads). It’s a really fantastic recipe, especially if you have left a few slices of pitta bread to dry out.
Traditionally it includes some combination purslane, radishes , tomato , lettuce , cucumber , onion , mint , sumac , pitta , salt , olive oil lemon juice. The recipe appears in 6 of the cookbooks on my shelf and other ingredients also include broad beans , peppers, feta , olives & celery
I am getting plenty of lovely salad vegetables in the vegebox and all the herbs from the garden are flourishing but the one authentic ingredient I don’t think you can do without are the crushed sumac berries . It’s hard to describe what this taste like it’s lemony and earthy all at the same time , I bought some online, thank Heavens for Ebay, since I cannot find it in any shops near me . I use it a lot sprinkled on fish or chicken for grilling. I could eat bowls of this salad and probably will over the course of the summer.
- Roughly chop tomatoes, green peppers , red onion, cucumber , kohlrabi.
- Toast pitta bread until golden brown and break into small pieces
- Finely chop fresh herbs sorrel, parsley and mint.
- Mix everything together in a large bowl
- Dres with lemon juice ,grated garlic ,salt & olive oil.
- Finally sprinkle with sumac and stuff your face.