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MIDDLE EASTERN PITA BREAD SALAD (FATTOUSH)

December 17, 2014

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad with toasted or fried bread on top, like croutons. The mix of the freshness with a little bit of crunch makes this dish amazing. What makes this salad so unique is the use of sumac. In the Mediterranean region today, sumac is used as a tabletop condiment or added during cooking to lend a pleasant, fruity sourness and soft cherry color to sauces, poultry, fish, rice, and salads. The flavor is kind of like lemon juice or vinegar but milder and less acidic.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches purslane

  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves, shredded

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 2 small tomatoes, diced

  • 2 cucumbers, diced

  • 1/4 onion, thin moon shapes

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

  • 2 tablespoons sumac

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

Directions:

  1. Add first 6 ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Place next 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor and run till mixed well.

  3. Pour dressing on salad and mix well and enjoy topped with crispy pita chips.

*NOTE: Purslane is seasonal and you will not be able to find it all the time. When you cannot find it, you can replace it with Romaine Lettuce, finely shredded. 

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #EATDRINKPLAYLA. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

 

 

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