Fatoush

My hair is starting to slightly misbehave while enjoying a rooftop night.

The tip of my nose and my shoulders are starting to get a darker Valentine ’s Day red on the beach.

And the walk from my office to the nearest grocery store is starting to get harder and harder.

What does this all mean? Ladies and gentlemen, the Dubai summer is officially around the corner.

Grasping on to the short lived “spring season” in Dubai, like woman dangling off a ten storey building, everything excessively fruit and vegetable based is on the menu in my house.

What could be more springy and fresh than a large bowl of salad? And more specifically, a fatoush salad.

Other than its beautiful colors and fresh appeal what draws me to fatoush is the use of lightly toasted bread in the salad.

At first it packs a crunchy punch and a contrasting texture to the Fatoush. Towards the end of the fatoush life span the bread bits absorb all the juices of the sauce and vegetables to deliver a heavily drenched bite of salad broth – my favorite part!

On a culinary perspective what sets fatoush apart from other salads is the use of Sumac. Sumac is a beetroot color, dried Lebanese spice that delivers a lemony flavor.  You can leave any ingredient out and the salad would still be considered fatoush if Sumac is part of the mix.

There is a simple variation to the fatoush salad which is not traditional in my house but very well loved by everyone. It’s the introduction of pomegranate molasses to the salad. The royal, deep rich flavors of the pomegranate molasses elevates the intensity of the fatoush

I leave you with this fun and simple recipe that would transform any a salad meal into an enjoyment.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 4 Tomatoes
  2. 2 Cumbers
  3. ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  4. ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  5. 1/8  cup sliced radish
  6. 1 juice of a lemon
  7. ¼ cup Lebanese olive oil
  8. 2 small Peeta bread
  9. 2 tsp salt
  10. 2 table spoons sumac
  11. 2 table spoons pomegranate syrup

Place the Peeta bread in the oven and bake it until it becomes toasted, around 5 minutes.

Chop the tomatoes and cucumbers and add them into a large bowl.

Add the parsley and mint leaves and radish.

Add the lemon, oil, salt and sumac and toss everything together.

Before serving break the toasted Peeta Bread into pieces and sprinkle over the top of the Fatoush.

Drizzle some pomegranate syrup over the salad and enjoy.

Sahtain!

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    1. Naima

      hey tala jus wannit to let u know tht ive made this salad three times already changing it up each time……i tried the honey, yum too……however, i jus made it as it was meant to, with pom molasses n o.m.g., its divine! ive never had anything like it! thank you for enlightening all of us to the deliciousness of this salad, party in my mouth!

    2. I have never actually tried or heard about Pomegranate Molasses ! You have just opened a whole new door for me, i love the colours :D… Thanx for the amazing recipe !

    3. ELIAS SARROUF

      good work tala
      and best of luck
      kisses

    4. A good bowl of fatoush is hard to compete with, seems like a simple enough recipe but have to confess as well, I never bother making it either as its just quicker to pick it up or have it delivered :P Also -love- the photos, especially that last one! Bokeh-tastic! Good to see the Nikon being put to such great use

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        It is very readily available in Dubai!

        If you ever have a lunch at your house that requires a salad you should try making a fatoush…

        Woop Woop to all the Nikon lovers and users out there! More power to us, hehe :D

    5. Luv the post…..I love Fatoush…one of the most refreshing salad for the summer :)

      should make an effort to make it!

    6. Your photographs are beautiful – I like the arabic newspaper as a part of the table decoration. I love Fatoush – but frankly haven’t ever made one myself. The Automatic Restaurant is just below my house and we keep on ordering whenever we feel like eating Fatoush. Confession, confession!

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Thank you :) Im trying my best to reflect the beauty of the Lebanese cuisine.

        Haha lovely confession, well if at the end of the day you are enjoying your Fatoush that’s what matters!

        I know Dubai’s time constraints all too well.

        If you do have some spare time, give it a shot it’s super easy!

    7. ohhh I’ve been wanting to try making my own fatoush.
      Where can I buy ppmegranate molasses and sumac?

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        They are both readily available in all major supermarkets (I’m not sure abouth Spinneys)

        I would recommend COOP or LIFCO supermarket.

        Let me know how it goes!

    8. Naima

      just made it for dinner n my family’s going ga-ga for it! thank you soo much for an amazing recipe, i had been longing for it ever since i had tried it at a Lebanese place :) i substituted dried mint in the dressing cuz i was too lazy to get some frm my moms garden (:P) but it actually came out really really nice and well rounded. keep it up Tala, u rock!

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Thank you for your kind words.

        Fatoush is one of my favorite salads, it has a lot of character!

        Wow your fast. Good call on the substitution :)

        And honey – you rock!!