Recipe from Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour

If you have ever been to a Lebanese restaurant, two salads always feature on the menu – tabbouleh and, of course fattoush. While I love tabbouleh, fattoush feels more like a proper salad to me and has the added bonus of croutons or deep- fried pieces of bread. There is so much crunch to this salad and I believe this is what wins me over…. plus the fact that the simple dressing cuts through a heavy Middle Eastern meal beautifully.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (perfectly stale) large pittas or khobs flatbreads (or any flatbread you like)
  • 400g (14oz) cherry or baby plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 heads of Baby Gem or romaine lettuce, halved lengthways and roughly chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, halved lengthways and cut into 1cam-(1/2in-) thick half moons
  • 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and cut into 2.5cm (1in) dice
  • 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and cut into 2.5cm (1in) dice
  • 200g (7oz) radishes, trimmed and cut into quarters
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 x 20g packet of flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 x 20g packet of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp sumac, plus extra to garnish
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 ½ lemons
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 6

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking paper.
  • Cut the pittas or flatbread roughly into 4cm (1 ½ in) squares and lay them on the baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they are dry and completely crunchy.
  • Put all the salad ingredients into a large salad or mixing bowl and sprinkle over the sumac, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt flakes and black pepper to taste. Toss the salad well, ensuring everything gets a good coating of dressing. Serve it piled high, topped with the toasted croutons and an extra sprinkle of sumac.

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