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    Fattoush (Lebanese Salad with Toasted Bread)

    This traditional Lebanese salad has it all. The herbs give it a wonderfully fresh fragrance, while the lemon juice delivers a zesty kick. The toasted bread adds a lovely crunch while also absorbing the lemony juices. Some Lebanese cooks also add a clove or two of crushed garlic to the dressing. Sumac, a traditional ingredient in fattoush, is a tangy, lemony spice made from dried berries. It's available from Middle Eastern grocers. Although it's worth tracking down, the salad is still delicious without it.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 8


    • Dressing
    • 5 tbsp lemon juice
    • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 Mediterranean wraps, each cut into 4 pieces
    • Olive oil, for brushing
    • 10 leaves romaine lettuce, coarsely shredded
    • 50g rocket
    • 4 tomatoes, diced
    • 6 small radishes, thinly sliced
    • 4 salad onions, finely sliced
    • ½ small red pepper, diced
    • ¼ cucumber, diced
    • 20g pack chopped mint
    • 20g pack chopped coriander
    • 20g pack chopped flat leaf parsley
    • 2 tbsp sumac (optional, see above)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    1. Preheat the grill to medium. Lightly brush the bread pieces with olive oil and place on a large baking sheet (you'll need to do this in batches). Toast under the grill until lightly browned and crisp. Set aside to cool, then break into jagged shards.
    2. Place all the other salad ingredients into a large bowl and season well. Mix the lemon juice and oil for the dressing together, season, and add to the salad. Toss well to distribute the dressing. Cover the salad with the broken bread pieces. Taste and add more lemon juice and/or oil as necessary. Serve at once.

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