How wonderful it is to have a mother like mine. She loves to cook and I love to eat. Win win situation. My children love her food as well. She has started making me watch and take down instructions on how to make some of our favourite dishes. Here is her fattoush salad recipe.
Before we get to the recipe, just a quick background about fattoush. It is something she learnt whilst living in Lebanon. It is a middle eastern salad dish which is traditionally eaten with your hand. The salad has pieces of grilled bread through it which is used as a chip to collect the salad and eat it. I personally prefer it without the bread and with a fork. This dish works well as a side with some kebab. Ok, I better get on with the recipe!
- 4 x lebanese cucumbers
- A few radishes (we only had one because I kinda ate the rest…oops)
- 2 tomatoes. Mum uses Roma
- Half an onion (mum had some spring onions so she threw that in too)
- 1 capsicum
- Quarter iceberg lettuce
- A small bunch of parsley
- A small bunch of oregano
- A small bunch of mint
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of lemon
- 2 teaspoons of sumac
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Optional (lebanese bread)
- Chop Cucumbers. Slice down the middle first and then start chopping. Throw them into the bowl
- Chop the tomatoes and radish and throw it into the bowl.
- Chop the capsicum and onion and throw that in as well (lot’s of throwing)
- Guess what’s next? Chop the lettuce and throw it in the bowl!
- Pull the leaves off the stems of the parsley, mint and oregano. No need to chop them. Once you have done that throw the leaves into the bowl.
- Add the oil, lemon juice, sumac and salt in and mix.
- At this point the fattoush is ready for me but for a true fattoush, grill some lebanese bread. You only need to grill it until it is slightly brown and brittle. Break them apart and throw them in the bowl. Some people fry it because the salad is too healthy otherwise.