Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fattoush.....a Lebanese salad

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Fattoush is a Lebanese salad where the pita chips are fried or roasted and mixed with other vegetables and is seasoned with sumac(a middle eastern spice) mixed in olive oil with other ingredients.Though in this salad I did not use pita chips and sumac,I used fried bread croutons instead of pita chips as I did not have them in hand when I prepared it.I have adapted this recipe from Sanjeev kapoor's 'Salad's' book where his version is exactly the way I mentioned down where you can convert into complete lebanese salad by just replacing bread croutons with fried pita chips and sumac.It was really colorful, refreshing and hearty salad and goes well in any kind of party or usual dinners.This salad is going to participate in 'Show me your salad' event hosted by Divya of Dil-se.

Ingredients:
1 medium green Capsicum,seeded and cut into 1" cubes
1 medium tomato,seeded and cut into 1" cubes
1 medium cucumber,cut into 1" cubes
1 medium onion,cut into 1" cubes
3 bread slices,cut into 1" cubes
1 small head of iceberg lettuce
5-6 black olives,whole or thinly sliced
5-6 green olives,stoned and sliced
1-2 sprigs fresh parsley
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp vinegar

For Dressing:
3 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Lemon juice
salt to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper crushed
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried mint or fresh mint

Method:
  • Heat olive oil in a wide pan and add bread cubes and saute over medium heat to make golden croutons.
  • Prepare dressing by mixing everything mentioned under the ingredients for dressing and keep it aside.
  • Soak chopped onions in 1 tsp vinegar for 1/2 hr.
  • Tear the iceberg lettuce roughly and place in a large bowl.Add all the vegetables,green and black olives.
  • Squeeze the onions soaked in vinegar and add to the bowl of vegetables.
  • Tear the parsley roughly and add to the bowl,toss well and mix.
  • Just before serving pour the dressing all over,add fried bread croutons and toss again.
Serve immediately.

Variations to Fattoush:
  • You can even add red and yellow bell peppers along with green capsicum to the above salad.
  • You can replace fried bread croutons with roughly torn and fried pita bread to the salad.
  • If you do not have parsley,you can replace parsley by coriander which adds its own unique flavor to the salad.
  • As I mentioned the original fattoush uses sumac as a spice,but if you do not have that for different flavors you can even add 1/2 tsp grated garlic or 1 tsp dijon mustard to the dressing which converts the salad very very flavorful.

45 comments:

LG said...

Bowl of salad and soup makes a good meal. Fattoush look fresh and crunchy and seasoning ingredients are interesting. Thanks for the tips too.

Supriya Nair said...

Hi Prathy, lovely Lebanese delight...nicely made...the click is fabulous too!

Lebouffe said...

Lovely! I've heard of Sumac, but not Pita Chips. Interesting! -Naina

Supriya Nair said...

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sowmya.s said...

looks so refreshing..so colourful and so vey delicious..

Radhika said...

looks appetizing.

Priya said...

Wow Prathy, salad looks catchy, filling and healthy with all those veggies...interesting seasoning dear..

Sushma Mallya said...

wow thats a beautiful looking salad, using croutons is a very nice idea,looks fresh and lovely....

Akal's Saappadu said...

the salad looks richly garnished, colourful and flavorful , delicious!!!

Jagruti said...

Nice and yummy salad..tempting

Rachana Kothari said...

The bowl od Salad looks great and will be a perfect meal for me:) Lovely clicks too:)

Tina said...

Healthy and refreshing salad....

SE said...

colorful, healthy and refreshing..loved the dressing..

Asha said...

I always salivate at the salad than anything, love it for lunch.

jeyashrisuresh said...

lovely salad.picture is tempting

Pavithra said...

Yummy salad i can have the whole bowl ..i always love adding croutons to salad...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Excellent presentation and simply delicious.

Preeti Kashyap said...

awesome salad...i love the dressing you have used....i make a similar one but never thought of adding mint leaves.

P.S:- I made your akki roti after failing twice following other recipes...your post was perfect and it came out awesome. Will post it soon and acknowledge you.

PJ said...

oh wow, I love Fatoush! Its what I order at any mediterranean place when I am in mood for healthy. love your pics.

Valarmathi said...

Lovely salad, looks colorful and yummy Prathy.

Gayathri Anand said...

yummy salad ..

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Cham said...

Would be a perfect meal with fruit salad for dessert

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Prathibha
Thank u so much for your comment at my blog. I am back on blog rading after a long time...this dish reminds me of my days in Kuwait...will only try when I am back in India ..it is painful, not being able to cook
Have a nice weekend

San!!! said...

Colorful n a pleasing salad no one could resist the temptation on seeing it prathy.

Mangala Bhat said...

Yummy salad ..Looking too good!

Gita said...

Colorful and refreshing salad dear...adding croutons instead pita chips sounds interesting...I am for that :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely salad

Devi Meyyappan said...

Hey... nice salad!.. I love the combo!.. and looks very good:).. thank you for sharing it:).. deliciou:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Comforting and the bowl of salad looks very colorful... Healthy and a nutritious bowl!!!

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Khaugiri said...

Very colourful salad dear. Yesterday my friend told me about 'Fattoush' when I gave her a taste of hummus prepared by me. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Deepa G Joshi said...

lovely colorful salad..really healthy and comforting..nice presentation..

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Nandini said...

It's very lovely & cute! I'm droolimg over the picture!

kamala said...

Wow! so colourful and tempting.

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!! superb salad

munchcrunchandsuch said...

such ebautiful colours and who can resist? looks lovely

Neetz said...

Looks perfect :)...

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Mythreyi Dilip said...

Healthy and colorful Lebanese salad, drool worthy click Prathy:)

AdukalaVishesham said...

colorful and lovely salad...

Gulmohar said...

Colorful and comforting salad..Thanks for introducing this :-)
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Bergamot said...

looks scrumptious

Parita said...

Colorful and delicious looking salad!

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's an yummy salad....looks colorful and delicious....

Shri said...

I love the way you made the peas..It is so different and so good!

PJ said...

This kind of salad I can have anytime!Look so lovley!!

Smita said...

very tasty and interesting salad!

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