Middle Eastern Labanese Fattoush Bread Salad



6 to 8 servings



1-1/2 pita breads or
Arab bread
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into ribbons
3 md. sized firm ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 sm. cucumbers, peeled, cut into thick slices
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into sm. slices
1-1/2 red onions or
mild white onions, or
9 scallions, chopped
1 bunch of rocket leaves, torn
Butch of purslane leaves or
lamb’s lettuce, torn
1 sm. bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped
Mint, a few sprigs, shredded
5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp. ground sumac


Cut open the breads and toast them under the broiler until they are crisp turning them over once. Break them into small pieces in your hands.

Put all the vegetables in a large bowl with the onions, rocket and purslane leaves or lamb’s lettuce, flat leaf parsley, and mint.

For the dressing, mix the olive oil with the lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and sumac.

Just before serving, add the toasted bread and toss well with the dressing. Serves 6-8.

Variation: For the old style version, put the broken pieces of toast in a bowl. Moisten and soften with a little cold water or lemon juice before adding them to the salad.

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Author's Comments

Fattoush is a rustic country salad of Syria and Lebanon which is on the standard menu of Lebanese restaurants.

Arugula (Eruca vesicaria), also known as rocket, garden rocket, rocket salad, rugola, rucola , roquette and rughetta

Rocket (Roquette) A strong, peppery leaf with jagged-edged indented leaves and a pleasant bite. Because of its strong flavour, a little goes a long way.

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