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Mezze: Lebanese Fattoush Salad

I initially discovered fattoush salad at Los Angeles’ famous Carousel Restaurant, and it’s since been one of my staple meals.  It’s fresh and tangy and pairs nicely with almost any dip or protein.

Particularly popular in Lebanon, fattoush combines vegetables and herbs with pita chips and a dried, crushed berry called sumac.  Sumac adds a lemony sourness and colorful sprinkle to dishes and can be found cheap in any Middle Eastern market (or natural foods store). Many restaurants and families include romaine lettuce in their fattoush, but my first fattoush at Carousel didn’t have lettuce, and I’ve yet to try one as good as theirs.  I like my fattoush with hummus and extra pita, but you can also pair it with a protein and rice or anything else that suits you.  –jaime

Ingredients

-Salad-

3 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and cut into chunks (smaller, crispier ones like Persians are better than English, but either is fine)

*2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped (seeded is best but not necessary)

1 large bell pepper, any color, coarsely chopped

¾ cup onion, chopped

½ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped

3/8 cup mint, chopped

1 ¾ tablespoons sumac

-*Pita Chips (to save time, you can buy a bag of these)-

2 Pitas, cut into 8 triangles

1 teaspoon sumac

1 ½ tablespoon olive oil

-Dressing-

¼ cup olive oil

*Juice of 2 lemons

3 cloves garlic, minced

¾ teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for the pita chips.

2. Cut and combine cucumber through onion in a large bowl.

3. Combine pita triangles, oil, and sumac and toss well to coat.  Put on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and crispy, around 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

4. Add chopped herbs and sumac to the bowl of vegetables.

5. Add pita chips.

6. Combine dressing ingredients, taste, and adjust seasoning to your liking.  Add to the salad and toss until fully coated.  Serve!

*Possible Shortcuts

1. Use packaged pita chips

2. Use bottled lemon juice

3. Use cherry tomatoes instead of regular

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This entry was posted on September 17, 2012 by in Mezze, Salads and tagged , , , , , .

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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