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Fattoush is a Lebanese salad, good for hot weather. The 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.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sumac powder
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped purslane (if unavailable watercress or parsley or just use more rocket)
  • 1/2 (5 ounce) package arugula (rocket)
  • 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into pieces

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper, purslane, and arugula.
  5. Toss with the dressing, and serve with pita.