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Toasted Pita Bread Salad

Serves 6 - 8

Fattoush means simply "wet bread" in Arabic. The ingredients in this tasty salad vary with the seasons. Other vegetables that are sometimes added include radishes, blanched cauliflower, pickled cucumbers and bitter greens. Romaine is used in this version to give a more traditional western salad. It would be more authentic to omit it.
2 pita breads, split horizontally
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cupminced flat-leaf parsley
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, chopped into half moons
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, cut into wings
1 head romaine lettuce, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch ribbons
1 Tablespoon sumak powder
  1. Toast the pitas until golden and crisp. When cool enough to handle, break the pitas into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a mortar, pound the garlic with the salt to a smooth paste. Stir in the lemon juice and pomegranate molasses. Drizzle in the olive oil, stirring until blended.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce, parsley and mint. Stir the dressing, pour it over the salad and toss well. Sprinkle the toasted pita pieces and the sumak on top and serve at once.