My version of the classic Middle Eastern fattoush salad - piled high with crunchy flatbread ribbons which is everybody's favourite part! A wonderful lemon dressing with extra zing from sumac and the warmth of paprika. This serves 2 as a light meal or 4 as a side.
Cuisine: Arabic, Middle Eastern
Servings: 2to 4
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats
2tomatoes, each cut into 8 to 12 wedges
2cucumbers, each cut into 12 sticks
1/2red onion, finely sliced
1/4cupmint leaves(if leaves are large, roughly tear by hand)
2lebanese flatbreads(Note 1)
1 1/2tbspolive oil
Salt and pepper
2tbspextra virgin olive oil
1garlic clove, minced
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
Roll up the flatbread then cut into thin slices. Use your fingers to loosen them into a pile of "ribbons".
Pile onto a baking tray, drizzle over olive oil and a couple of pinches of salt, then use your fingers to coat all the ribbons with the oil.
Bake in oven for 3 minutes, then remove tray and move the ribbons around a bit so they bake evenly. At this stage some of the ribbons will not yet be crisp. Turn the oven OFF, then return the tray into the oven for a couple of minutes. This will make all the ribbons crisp without over browning them.
While the ribbons are baking, combine the red onion in a small bowl with 1 tbsp lemon juice and pinch of salt. Set aside - it lightly pickles and removes some of the acidity from the onion.
Combine the dressing ingredients.
Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, mint and coriander leaves in a small bowl. Squeeze excess juice from the lemons, and add to the bowl.
Pour over dressing and toss gently to combine - you may not need all the dressing.
Transfer salad onto a platter then pile on the crunchy flatbread ribbons.
Sprinkle with extra sumac.
1. I used what we call Lebanese Bread here in Australia which is a larger version of Pita Bread, it is about 10 inches/25 cm in diameter and is a bit thinner than pita bread. You can substitute for other flatbreads, but the bread needs to be pliable so you can roll it up to slice it. If you use a flatbread which is not a "pocket" (ie. a double layer) then I suggest using an extra 1 or 2 pieces in order to get the same volume of ribbons (as the double layer "pocket" style flatbreads separate creating extra volume).2.