Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes Fattoush is a Lebanese salad, good for hot weather. The 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.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 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
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped purslane
  • 1/2 (5 ounce) package arugula
  • 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into pieces


  1. Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper, purslane, and arugula.
  5. Toss with the dressing, and serve with pita.
Last modified on 28 March 2011, at 16:08