Fattoush is a savory salad made of fresh herbs mixed with toasted pita bread and seasoned with a sumac dressing. Sumac is the dried fruit of Rhus and is used as a popular spice in the Middle East and South Asia. It’s easily recognizable by its dark ruby color and its citrusy flavor.
Fattoush can be eaten alone (as a light supper), but well accompanies any faux meat: here I have prepared it with “chicken” skewers.
- 3 small wholewheat pita bread
- 1/2 head Romain lettuce
- 4 small tomatoes
- 2 green onions
- 1/2 cucumber
- Handful of sprouts
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- 4 tablespoons pomegranate grains
For the dressing:
- 3 teaspoons ground sumac
- 4 teaspoons water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Pinch of garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Put the sumac in a ramekin and add three teaspoons warm water. Mix it and let it soak for 15 minutes. In the meanwhile, cut the pita bread into two equal parts and toast them. Once toasted, slice them in bite-size pieces and spray them with olive oil to prevent them from becoming soggy in the salad. Once the sumac is ready, mix in the rest of the ingredients for the fressing and put aside.
Rinse and dice all the ingredients for the salad. Mix them together with the pita bread in a mixing bowl, with a little olive oil.
Add the dressing, mix thoroughly and transfer to the serving plates.
Enjoy as is, or as a side!