Fattoush Salad

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As you can imagine, I eat a lot of salad.  Fattoush is hands down my favourite salad of all time.  It probably helps that Levantine food is hands down my favourite cuisine.  At first glance Fattoush probably seems like an ordinary garden salad with the usual suspects of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and peppers.  It is the dressing that turns this salad in to something really amazing. The sumac, a tart and bitter spice, mixes beautifully with the sweet pomegranate molasses and tangy lemon juice.  Then it’s all topped off with crispy pieces of Middle Eastern flat bread fried or toasted in olive oil.  Heavenly!

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INGREDIENTS

Salad:

  • Lettuce (not Iceberg, Purslane if possible)
  • Cucumber (Lebanese cucumbers if possible)
  • Cherry tomato
  • Peppers
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Spring onion
  • Lebanese flatbread

Dressing:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Pomegrante Molasses
  • Sumac
  • Salt
  • Crushed garlic

The idea of giving exact quantities for a salad seems ridiculous to me. Just throw it all together in a bowl and see what quantities you prefer. For the dressing I usually use about a quarter cup of oil, the juice of one small lemon, 3 crushed garlic cloves, and a big tablespoon each of sumac and pomegranate molasses. To make the crispy bread pieces, cut the bread in to strips and then squares with a scissors, sprinkle with olive oil and fry on a pan until crispy, or toast in a low oven for a few minutes.

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