Fattoush

Fattoush | ChopChop

Description

Stale bread is so good for sopping up juicy salad ingredients, no wonder it’s a favorite no-waste ingredient! There’s Italian panzanella, with its tomatoes and basil; there are crunchy, delicious croutons; and there’s fattoush (pronounced fuh-TOOSH), a Middle Eastern salad that uses stale pita and traditionally includes the green, slightly citrus-tasting herb purslane (which might grow wild in your garden, if you have one). We use lettuce and other herbs instead. 

Hands-on time: 50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes: 4 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Sharp knife (adult needed)
Cutting board
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Jar with a tight-fitting lid
Large bowl 
Rimmed baking sheet
Spoon, for stirring 

Ingredients

   
For the dressing:
1  
garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 cup
olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon
salt
1 teaspoon
ground sumac (if you have it)
   
For the fattoush:
2  
(6 1/2-inch) whole-wheat pita breads, cut into 1-inch squares (stale is fine)
1 tablespoon
olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon
salt
1 teaspoon
ground sumac (if you have it) or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
3  
large tomatoes, cored and diced
1⁄2  
head romaine lettuce, cored and chopped
3  
small Persian cucumbers or 1 English cucumber, diced, or 1 regular cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
6  
radishes, thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup
coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
1⁄2 cup
coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
2  
scallions, roots trimmed off, white and green parts thinly sliced

Instructions

1. Make the dressing: Put the ingredients in the jar, screw on the lid tightly, and shake until blended.
2. Turn the oven on and set it to 250 degrees.
3. Put the pita bread squares, olive oil, sumac (if you have it) or thyme, and salt in the large bowl and toss until the bread is coated on all sides.
4. Dump the pita bread squares on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
5. Put the tomatoes, romaine, cucumbers, radishes, parsley, mint, and scallions in the large bowl and toss well. Add the pita squares, drizzle in half the dressing and mix well. Taste the salad and, if it needs more dressing, add some.
6. Serve right away. 

Notes

Did You Know?
Ground sumac is a popular Middle Eastern seasoning made from the dried red berries of the sumac tree. It’s
tart and colorful, and it’s an important ingredient in the spice blend za’atar, which also includes thyme and sesame seeds. If you can’t find it, the salad will still be delicious! Just add more lemon, if it needs more of a tangy kick.