Bread Salad

Fattoush

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • 4

    servings

Appears in

The Cuisine of Life: Recipes and Stories of the New Food Entrepreneurs of Turkey

The Cuisine of Life

By Center for International Private Enterprise

Published 2019

  • About

This simple and tasty bread salad has many variations around the Mediterranean, including the Italian panzanella, Turkish omaç, and Catalan pa amb tomàquet. They each give new life to old, dry bread by toasting and then tossing pieces with bright and flavorful seasonal ingredients. Try adding chopped purslane, fresh mint, and lettuce to the mix. Fattoush is particularly satisfying on hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams flatbread (such as khubez suri, lavash, or pita)
  • About 2 cups (500 milliliters) olive oil, for frying (see note)
  • 1 yellow onion (200 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (30 milliliters)
  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) pomegranate molasses
  • 2 cloves (8 grams) garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium tomatoes (500 grams), peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers (200 grams), seeded and chopped
  • 20 grams fresh mint, coarsely chopped (including soft stems and leaves)

Garnish

  • 4 lemon slices
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 6 black or green olives

Method

Cut or tear the bread into 1.5- to 2-cm (½- to ¾-inch) squares. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the bread pieces in batches until golden brown. Transfer bread to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

Cut the onion in half from top to bottom, then slice into thin half moons. Use your fingers to rub the sumac and salt into the onions.

Whisk the apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil, pomegranate molasses, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, and chopped mint, tossing to coat.

Transfer the tomato mixture to a serving dish, then garnish with the onion slices, lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, olives, and the fried bread squares.