Authentic Lebanese Fattoush

Fattoush is a Lebanese salad, good for hot weather. This recipe uses two unusual ingredients: sumac and purslane. Sumac, usually sold ground, is ground red berries and used in Middle Eastern, particularly Lebanese, cooking. Purslane is succulent with a lemony flavor, and makes a nice salad green. I find them at farmer’s markets.

You will need:

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sumac powder
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped purslane
  • ½ (5 ounce) package arugula
  • 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into pieces


Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper, purslane, and arugula. Toss with the dressing, and serve with pita.

Prep Time: 15 mins/Cooking Time: 5 mins/ Total Time: 20 mins

Servings: 4

Calories: 234.8