Fattoush is a Lebanese salad, good for hot weather. This recipe uses two unusual ingredients: sumac and purslane. Sumac, usually sold ground, is ground red berries and used in Middle Eastern, particularly Lebanese, cooking. Purslane is succulent with a lemony flavor, and makes a nice salad green. I find them at farmer's markets.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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  • In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper, purslane, and arugula. Toss with the dressing, and serve with pita.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 9.2g 18% DV; carbohydrates 48.8g 16% DV; fat 1.5g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 349.8mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
I love Fattoush I grew up with it as a kid. One suggestion I have is to toast the pita bread in an oven/toaster oven until crispy break it into bite size pieces and mix it into the salad. It is a healthier option than frying the pita as another user mentioned and adds a nice crunch to the fattoush. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2009
i am lebanese, and this is my favorite salad. But just to note: the ingredients used in this recipe are right but the problem remains with the sauce that you are using. the real sauce requires: lemon juice, olive oil, sumac and garlic. and if you like, u can add a pinch of zaatar(A lebanese mixture of savory, thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Available prepared in most Middle-Eastern groceries). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2009
i am lebanese, and this is my favorite salad. But just to note: the ingredients used in this recipe are right but the problem remains with the sauce that you are using. the real sauce requires: lemon juice, olive oil, sumac and garlic. and if you like, u can add a pinch of zaatar(A lebanese mixture of savory, thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Available prepared in most Middle-Eastern groceries). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
I love Fattoush I grew up with it as a kid. One suggestion I have is to toast the pita bread in an oven/toaster oven until crispy break it into bite size pieces and mix it into the salad. It is a healthier option than frying the pita as another user mentioned and adds a nice crunch to the fattoush. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2007
thought the recipe was pretty good i make fattoush all the time the only difference is i dont use constarch in the dressing and i add red onion and raddishes for more flavor!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
This salad is a staple for the Lebanese right under tabouleh. However the mountain people never make a dressing with cornstarch or heating. So according to my mother-in-law (a little of this and a bit more of that) you add the sumac to the onions that you have chopped in the bowl. The sumac is mixed into the onions and it is used liberally. All vegetables are chopped into the bowl. Then mixed together with salt black pepper lemon juice and olive oil. At the very end you mix in the toasted pita bread (make sure you pull the pita apart so you have two rounds before you toast). Then enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2006
I continue to be amazed by how great the recipes are on this site. This salad is so good. I fried the pita bread and put it in the salad (so much better this way). The idea came from a resturant here in Ann Arbor. The dressing is awesome. I will use this dressing in more salads. You can also add feta if you like. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2007
This is a very good healthy recipe. I made it twice. The first time exactly as directed (except I used all Romaine and no purslane or arugula.) The second time I made the dressing with 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and doubled the sumac. I liked it better the second time. This entire recipe was devoured in one sitting by two people.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2008
wow - this is exactly like the fattoush at my favorite lebanese restaurant in detroit. now living in new mexico i had bit of a time tracking down the sumac. i made it without and then the next day at a flea market i discovered a spice stall run by an egyptian man who was selling sumac. how fortuitous! the next day i made again WITH the sumac - perfect! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2008
Fattoush does not require: cornstarch arugula parsley. I love fattoush it's one of the most zesty delicious and easy to make salads! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2007
I am finding that I just LOVE Lebanese Armenian and Greek recipes - this one sounds wonderful. I intend to try it tomorrow - just hope I can find the sumac and the purslane (sp?) here in Massachusetts. I wonder if there is a substitute for either one if not - or where to find the two. I can almost taste the salad as I write - we had yummy tabbouleh tonight from this site - used a combination of suggestions plus my memories of the first tabbouleh I ever ate. This salad sounds rather like a "green" form of tabbouleh with many of the same flavors! Read More
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