This Fattoush Salad recipe, taken from Ottolenghi’s “Jerusalem” cookbook, differs from the Lebanese Fattoush I used to eat at Chez Maria in Jamaica, but it shares the same concept of a chopped salad with pita bread and dressing.
The Lebanese version used crispy pita bread chips with an olive oil, lemon and herb dressing, whereas Na’ama’s uses stale flatbreads or naan bread to soak up a buttermilk style dressing. As Yotam confirms in his “Jerusalem” cookbook - there are plenty of unique variations throughout the Middle East and this one is probably a unique creation of his business partner Sami Tamimi’s mother.
Anyway this recipe is a great way of using up leftover breads and is substantial enough as a lunch on its own. Quite often I will also pop other chopped vegetables and salad items in there too, but the key is to make sure they are all chopped or sliced to the same dimensions.
The original recipe that follows is taken directly from Ottolenghi’s “Jerusalem” Cookbook.
Yotam suggests getting Lebanese or mini-cucumbers as their flavour is much superior to standard cucumbers but the chances of finding those in Northern Ireland are very slim…
2 large stale Turkish Flatbread or naan, 250g in total
3 large Tomatoes, cut into 1.5cm dice
100g Radishes, thinly sliced
3 Lebanese or Mini Cucumbers, peeled & chopped into 1.5cm dice
2 Spring Onions, thinly sliced
15g Fresh Mint, coarsely chopped
25g Flat-Leaf Parsley, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon dried Mint
2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
60ml Olive Oil, plus more to drizzle
2 tablespoons Cider or White wine vinegar
¾ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Sumac or more to taste, to garnish
Tear the bread into bite-sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk followed by the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and leave for 10 minutes for all the flavours to combine.
Spoon the fattoush into serving bowls, drizzle with some olive oil and garnish generously with sumac.
This recipe has been taken from “Jerusalem”, by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
Jerusalem Cookbook: https://ottolenghi.co.uk/books/jerusalem-shop
Ottolenghi Website: https://ottolenghi.co.uk
Ottolenghi Store: https://ottolenghi.co.uk/shop-online