Authentic fattoush

    40 min

    Fattoush is a much loved Lebanese salad, perfect summer fare. This recipe uses two unusual ingredients: sumac and purslane. Sumac, usually sold ground, is ground red berries and purslane is a popular green eaten throughout the Mediterranean.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 120ml water
    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons sumac powder
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 cos lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
    • 1 medium cucumber, diced
    • 2 large tomatoes, diced
    • 4 spring onions, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 50g chopped purslane
    • 75g rocket
    • 4 pitta breads, toasted and torn into pieces

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Mix the water and cornflour in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    2. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions, parsley, mint, pepper, purslane and rocket. Toss with the dressing and toasted pitta.

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    i am lebanese, and this is my favorite salad. But just to note: the ingredients used in this recipe are right but the problem remains with the sauce that you are using. the real sauce requires: lemon juice, olive oil, sumac and garlic. and if you like, u can add a pinch of zaatar(A lebanese mixture of savory, thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Available prepared in most Middle-Eastern groceries).  -  25 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love Fattoush, I grew up with it as a kid. One suggestion I have is to toast the pita bread in an oven/toaster oven until crispy, break it into bite size pieces and mix it into the salad. It is a healthier option than frying the pita as another user mentioned, and adds a nice crunch to the fattoush.  -  12 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    thought the recipe was pretty good i make fattoush all the time the only difference is i dont use constarch in the dressing and i add red onion and raddishes for more flavor!!  -  02 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)