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Mezze: Perfected Fattoush Salad

Good Fattoush

On my growing list of restaurants to cover for the blog, one place remains at the top: Los Angeles’ Carousel Restaurant. It’s not that I haven’t been there before. On the contrary, I gathered friends and family there for almost every birthday and special (or not so special) occasion when I lived in LA. In fact, in a recent ice breaker, I chose Carousel’s fattoush, hummus, and spinach fatayer as my final meal, should I be executed anytime soon. It’s just that every time I’m back in LA, I get so absorbed in the perfect tang and crunch of my food, I forget to record it for all of you. The good news is that I’ve been working on perfecting my version of their fattoush salad for years, and I think I’ve finally nailed it.

Fattoush salad dresses crunchy vegetables and crispy pita chips with a combination of bold Lebanese flavors – parsley, mint, lemon and a dried, crushed berry called sumac. Sumac can be found cheap in any Middle Eastern market (or natural foods store), and it adds a lemony acidity and colorful sprinkle to any dish. 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 sumac-sprinkled hummus and spinach fatayer, but you can also pair it with a protein and rice or soup. —jaime

Ingredients

~Salad~

3 cucumbers, halved lengthwise, seeds scooped out, 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
Handful of plain pita chips

~Dressing~

¼ cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
3 cloves garlic, minced
¾ teaspoon salt

Directions

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

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

3. Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl or measuring cup. Taste, and adjust seasoning to your liking.

4. Add to the salad and toss until fully coated.

5. Just before serving, add pita chips. Lightly toss again. Serve! (You don’t want the chips to get soggy)

Note: The joy of this salad is that it’s not an exact science, so adjust everything to your liking. You may want more mint, sumac, etc. Also, I would pour the dressing in 1/3 at a time, to avoid overdressing (everyone likes their salad dressed differently!)

Good sumac

Bright red sumac

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7 comments on “Mezze: Perfected Fattoush Salad

  1. mrsgillies
    June 6, 2013

    Yum! I love fattoush.

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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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