Gastro Section: Fattoush
Fattoush is a salad that packs a flavourful punch that brings together all the vegetables you have in your fridge. If you do not have something listed below, then you substitute it for another vegetable of your choice. Every time my mother and I make this crisp, garden-fresh salad it always brings a new flavour to the forefront of your palate, making for an exciting and unique experience each and every time.
½ bunch of parsley
½ English cucumber
½ cup chopped cauliflower
Two leafs of Cabbage (red or green)
One carrot shredded
One green onion stem or a small white onion
Teaspoon of fresh or dried mint (finely chop fresh)
¼ teaspoon sumac
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon of olive oil
Tablespoon lemon juice
½ toasted pita bread (optional)
If you are using pita bread, preheat oven to 400F. Place pita bread on a baking sheet and toast for about five minutes on each side (or until golden brown) and let cool. Roughly chop all your vegetables into a small/medium dice (I prefer to shred the carrots and radish for added texture but you may chop instead). Put all chopped vegetables into a bowl and add finely chopped parsley and mint. Then add the special ingredient that gives the Fattoush it's wonderfully distinctive flavour — sumac, along with some salt, olive oil and lemon juice. If using toasted pita bread, crumble over salad into bite size pieces, toss salad altogether. Serve cold and enjoy!
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