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Recipe: Fattoush Salad

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‘Fattoush’ is Lebanese in origin and is popular in almost all Middle Eastern cuisines. Its uniqueness is in its vital ingredients; sumac and pomegranate molasses. Sumac is a spice extracted from wild berries and should be available in herbs sections of most stores. Pomegranate molasses, if unavailable can be prepared at home (recipe included). Rest of the ingredients are easily available vegetables found in our usual chopped salads. The name ‘fattoush’ is derived from Arabic word that means bread crumbs, as toasted/fried pita bread (similar to croutons) is the topping. Here is a simple authentic recipe of this healthy and delicious salad that can be enjoyed at iftaar time.

Salad ingredients 

1 capsicum, thinly sliced or chopped
2 cucumbers, chopped

1 head romaine lettuce or watercress, coarsely chopped 
2 large tomatoes, diced 
1 large onion, chopped 
2 radishes, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sumac
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

2 pita breads, split from side to side, toasted/fried and crushed into small pieces


  •  1/4 cup olive oil
  •  juice from 2 lemons
  •  1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (or to taste)
  •  2 teaspoons sumac
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preparation Method

First of all, pomegranate molasses can be prepared with 4 cups of pomegranate juice, ½ cup of sugar and ¼

cup of lemon juice. Just cook all these ingredients into a pan and keep simmering for an hour or until it takes

the consistency of a thick syrup. Then refrigerate.

Mix all the ingredients except the pita bread in a bowl, add the dressing and toss well. Then add the fried

or toasted pita bread on top.Enjoy delicious fattoush that is rich in green vegetables and nutrients, great for

weight watchers.


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