Fattouch Salad

Lebanese fattoush salad, derives from the Arabic word “fatteh” which translates to “crumbs.” Essentially it is a hodgepodge of lightly seasoned pita bread that is then fried and mixed in with seasonal vegetables. And the pronunciation is so much fun. Say it with us: Fa’tuuush.

Ingredients:
The salad

  • 1 large Jasmine pita bread cut into triangles
  • 3 tablespoon Saifan olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 large vine-ripe tomato diced
  • 2-3 Persian cucumbers quartered
  • 1/2 a large green pepper chopped
  • 5 radishes diced
  • 2 green onions/scallions chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

The dressing

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon sumac substitute grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses substitute balsamic glaze
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint fresh or dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of our Saifan extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Add the Jasmine pita bread and season with kosher salt and freshly cracker peppers.
  2. Fry the pita for 5-7 minutes until the pieces are crispy and golden in color. (Alternatively, bake the pita bread at 425F° for 5-10 minutes.) Set the fried bread aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the salad dressing ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, minced garlic, sumac, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Whisk together until the dressing is emulsified and well blended.
  4. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, green onions and parsley to the large bowl of dressing and toss to combine.
  5. Add the fried pita bread to the salad immediately before serving and gently toss again.
  6. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Courtesy of: Feelgoodfoodie.net

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