Authentic Lebanese Fattoush


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins



  • ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • cup lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons sumac powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 medium cucumber, diced

  • 1 cup chopped purslane

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • ½ (5 ounce) package arugula

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint

  • 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into pieces


  1. Make dressing: Stir together 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.

  2. Assemble salad: Combine lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, purslane, green onions, arugula, parsley, and mint in a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing and serve with toasted pita.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
2g Fat
49g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 81mg 403%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 850mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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