Fattoush salad with roasted tomatoes and za’atar

Roasted tomatoes add an intense deep flavour to this crunchy Middle Eastern salad with mint and za’atar dressing.

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So, let’s understand all these names, fattoush, za’atar and sumac before we jump in to make this healthy and light salad.

The fattoush salad is a Middle Eastern salad full of textures. It’s a salad with a perfect combination of herbs, bread and fresh, vibrant vegetables. Google tells me the name fattoush means crushed or crumbs which explains the use of toasted or stale pita bread.

Sumac is this small, little dried berry of a flower with a lemony taste. It is native spice to the Middle East and can be used to sprinkle over salad or in marination. Za’atar is a blend of seasoning with a mix of sumac, herbs, sesame seeds and salt. It tastes crunchy and tangy and I just love to use it in anything and everything.

Now that we have a little understanding of the names, let’s get to making it. Za’atar itself is a bold flavour that brings the fresh vegetables in this salad to life but adding roasted tomatoes takes the salad to another level. You can totally skip the roasting part but trust me, the two different textures of tomato, fresh and roasted, gives this salad a delicious twist. 

You can buy pita from a store or make it at home. I toasted some of my whole wheat + dalia pita bread (or spinach pita) and before I knew, half of it was gone! They are so delicious; you can have it plain or dipped in hummus or even a cheese sauce made of pumpkin!  

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  5. All things green salad 

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