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Fattoush Salad With Sumac Vinaigrette

Fattoush is a Lebanese version of a bread salad that includes toasted and crumbled pita bread chips. Fattoush means “crumbled bread” in Arabic.  It is similar to Panzanella, the Italian bread salad.   The Italians use ciabatta croutons instead of pita bread.

Salad Ingredients
1 English cucumber, seeds removed and diced

250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green sweet pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
125 ml spring onions, sliced thinly
1 to 2 cooked chicken breasts, bones and skin removed and cut into thin strips (optional)
1 x 400 g chickpeas, drained and rinsed (optional)
a handfull romaine lettuce, watercress, butter lettuce, etc.
80 ml coriander, finely chopped
80 ml parsley, finely chopped
15 ml mint leaves, finely chopped 

Sumac Vinaigrette
60 ml olive oil
30 ml lemon juice
15 ml sumac
2.5 ml crushed garlic
pinch sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pita Bread Chips (see photo below)
4 large pita bread rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
60 ml olive oil
5 ml crushed garlic
2 ml sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the dressing and add to the bowl. Toss all together lightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To make the pita bread chips, pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
  4. Cut the pita breads into triangles and arrange in a single layer on two large baking trays lined with Wizbake baking sheets.
  5. Combine the olive oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Using a silicon brush and coat both sides of the pita triangles with the olive oil mixture.
  7. Bake the pita triangles for 10 to 12 minutes or until a light golden brown color.  Turn the pita triangles over half way through baking. Be careful not to burn them!
  8. Set the pita chips aside to cool.
  9. Transfer the salad to a salad bowl or platter and garnish with crumbled pita bread chips.

6 servings.

Notes

  • Leftover pita bread chips can be left whole and served with hummus or your favorite dip.
  •  The pita bread chips can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
  • The pita bread chips can be substituted with wheat-free crackers, etc.

Fattoush

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