Authentic fattoush

Authentic fattoush


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About this recipe: 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.


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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