This weeks covid-19 recipe is Fattoush which is essentially a “bread salad,” which originated in Northern Lebanon. Lebanese farmers would fry leftover scraps of pita in a bit of olive oil for extra flavor . To build their fattoush, they’d simply throw the pita chips in with whatever in season vegetables and herbs they had on hand.
For this reason, the ingredient list for fattoush may vary. And you will likely find many different versions of fattoush throughout the Middle East
- 2 lbs of tomatoes
- 1 lbs of Persian cucumbers
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 1 bunch of green mint
- 1 bunch of Italian parsley
- ½ bunch red radish
- 20 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 1 large green/bell pepper
- ½ cup of Purslane Leaves (optional)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 table spoons of Sumac spice
- ⅓ cup of pomegranate molasses
- ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5 Lebanese pita bread loafs
- ⅓ cup of Olive Oil
- 0.5 to 1 teaspoon of Salt
- Use fresh, organic veggies if possible. Rinse all veggies thoroughly with cold water or veggie wash.
- Separate the pita bread leafs, sprinkle a bit of sumac and olive oil on them, cut them into 1x1 inch squares, and toast them in the oven until they are light brown (bake for ~ 3-5 mins on 400F). Put aside.
- Chop the tomatoes into small chunks of 1 inch
- Chop the Persian cucumbers into disks of ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. If Persian cucumbers are not available, use English or regular cucumbers and chop into smaller pieces since they have a larger diameter naturally.
- Chop onions into small disks of about ⅓ inch long.
- Green Mint and Italian Parsley:remove stems, and chop leaves in halves or thirds. You don't want the pieces to be too tiny or too large.
- Red Radish: chop into thin disks.
- Green Pepper: Chop into small pieces of ⅓ inch
- Lettuce: chop into pieces of 1-2 inches
- Garlic: crush garlic with a dash of salt, put aside.
Mixing the Fattoush Salad
- Mix immediately before serving so the salad doesn't get soggy. Place all vegetables in a bowl, add the mashed garlic, pomegranate molasses, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sumac and salt and mix well with the veggies.
- Then add the toasted bread and olive oil and mix again, gently so the bread doesn't break much.
- Add the olive oil at the end, mix gently then serve.