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How To Make Fattoush – A Hearty Winter Salad

Fattoush is a Lebanese or Mediterranean salad dish that’s affordable, but filling and can easily be spruced up in a variety of ways. Here we show you how to make this recipe and ways in which you can enjoy it!

Fattoush is made from toasted or fried pieces of flatbread, combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as radishes and tomatoes. It’s simple and tasty and filling thanks to the pieces of flatbread in the salad. You can serve this alongside other pita ingredients, add in some extra grilled vegetables, spoon over some hummus and add the leftovers into a wrap.

Preparing Your Pita

If you have any leftover flatbread that’s getting a little stale, then this is the perfect recipe to whip up. To add life back into the flatbread, spritz with a little olive oil and bake in the oven until it starts to get golden edges. Alternatively, rip it into smaller quarters and toast in a hot pan with a little olive oil. Once ready, slice your pita into small pieces, around 1-2cm cubes.

What You Need:

  • 1 large head of crunchy lettuce (like Romaine or Cos, but Iceberg will also work), shredded or thickly sliced
  • 2-3 large ripe roma tomatoes, roughly diced (not too small)
  • 5-6 baby radishes, finely sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 3-4 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 2-3 spring onions, thinly sliced (or a little red onion)
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Handful of fresh Italian parsley
  • Pita bread (prepared according to above instructions)

For The Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sumac
  • Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses or honey (optional)

Method:

  • Place the lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, cucumber and chopped onions in a large salad bowl.
  • Remove the mint stalks and roughly chop the herbs, adding to the salad.
  • Make the dressing, by whisking the ingredients together and then drizzling over the salad.
  • Toss in the pita bread pieces just before serving.

Fattoush is occasionally served with a few dollops of plain greek yoghurt, but you can also serve it with some hummus or baba ganoush on the side (both work so well with wraps too). Looking for some healthy hummus recipes? Click here for three tasty hummus recipes.

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