“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”
Fatoush – Another Simple Middle Eastern Classic
This is one of those recipes that people have been asking me to post for some time and for some reason I’ve never gotten around to it until now… I think part of the problem is that Fatoush is such a simple everyday sort of salad that I can’t imagine everyone doesn’t already make it… which I realise is kind of dopey on my part but hey, you’re here for the recipes right so here goes… this is such a wonderful salad any time of year, but during tomato growing season it is sheer heaven!
I’d like to share with you that among my many foibles I am a bread burner… it’s sort of ridiculous how consistently I will burn bread… any type for any number of dishes, I just cannot seem to NOT burn bread… it goes a little like this…
Me: “Hey John (or Jack, depending on who’s closest… tall people are most useful!) could you please come and unplug the smoke detector for a coupla minutes?”
John or Jack: “Toasting some bread?”
No kidding! They don’t even bat an eye or wonder what possible reason I could have for making that request… just march right into the kitchen, disconnect the smoke detector and wonder what the toasted bread will be for. It’s a sort of weird deficiency but I’ve learned to live with it, and more often than not I simply ask someone else to do thereby saving an entire loaf of pita!
The components of the salad itself are much like that of many other salads, some type of leafy green, awesome tomatoes and cucumbers, some fresh herbs, and although many might consider the za’tar to be the secret ingredient, it’s the lightly toasted bread that is the shining star of this salad for me! Maybe it’s due to how long it takes me to accomplish this task, I dunno. What I do know is that combining these few simple ingredients at the right time of year is nothing short of magical!
*Note* Za’tar although exotic sounding is not too difficult to locate. It is in most larger grocery stores and most certainly any Middle Eastern Deli.
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 loaf pita, split open and LIGHTLY toasted!
- 1 small head romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
- 1 large or two small ripe tomatoes, cut into large but bite size pieces
- 3 or 4 smaller cucumbers, diced (I prefer the smaller ones for their tenderness)
- 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts chopped
- 1 handful fresh mint, torn
- ½ bunch or 1 - 2 large handfuls of fresh parsley, rough chopped
- fresh thyme (optional)
- 1 TBSP
za'tar(or to taste)
- 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
- S&P to taste.
- Combine all of the chopped veg and herbs in a salad bowl.
- Top with za'tar, oil and lemon juice
- Season with S&P
- Toss and adjust seasoning to taste