After a succession of posts that ventured away from the traditional ideals of Lebanese cuisine I've decided to dip my toes back into the tried and tested. But words are cheap and I didn't actually abide by any classic notion of what a fattoush salad is. But that's part of the fun of making a salad, it's an open invitation to be creative and I've altered and/or exchanged some of the ingredients and I've included some alternative techniques to give this classic a new lease of life. I began this blog to experiment with what New Lebanese cuisine could be and I believe this recipe to be a marker of what simple creative changes can produce. My variation of this salad is best described as the illegitimate love child of an exotic Lebanese fattoush and a sultry Tuscan panzanella. Hungry yet?


* radishes
* tomatoes
* stale bread
* cucumber
* spring onion
* courgette
* lemon
* good quality extra virgin olive oil
* sea salt and pepper
* cumin (optional)

* denotes that you should put whatever quantity of each ingredient you fancy, it's more fun to tailor this salad to your tastes.

Cut the stale bread into bite size pieces (you may need to put the bread in the oven for a few minutes so you can cut it without it crumbling everywhere). Chop the tomatoes, radishes, cucumber and spring onions roughly and place in a bowl. Drizzle with quite a bit of olive oil and lemon (the bread will soak the liquid up so over dress the vegetables) and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Mix in the bread and let it sit at room temperature for the flavours to infuse.

Marinate sliced courgettes and radishes in olive oil, lemon and a little cumin and char grill for a few seconds. Spoon the salad into a bowl and place the grilled vegetables on top. Drizzle with more olive oil to finish. Fattoush. Done.


17 July 2009 at 20:59 Anonymous said...

I never thought about it before, but a recipe that stars stale bread will actually come in quite handy in my house! At the very least, this tasty-looking salad will encourage me to buy more baguettes, helping me overcome my "what-if-we-don't-eat-the-whole-thing" hesitation. I can't wait to leave some bread out so we can try this!

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17 July 2009 at 21:02 Sherlie said...

Yum this sounds good and very refreshing.

18 July 2009 at 17:04 M. A. Salha said...

tastestopping - It comes in handy at my house too. I often make a tomato and bread soup that I might showcase here. There's nothing better than good bread; I think I could live off bread for a few weeks before succumbing to disease. I like the idea of your blog. You've got my support.

Sherlie - Thanks for the comment. I made this for lunch the other day and it went down really well.

9 January 2010 at 14:34 Taste of Beirut said...

my feeling here is why change what is already perfect? Your salad looks and taste great though!

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