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Toasted Bread Salad [Fattoosh]:
Submitted by: Sara | Date Added: 4 Jul 2010
Listed in: Lebanese Salads

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added by: Madame Fahimeh 
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• 1 large or 2 small pita breads
• 8 leaves cos lettuce
• 1 small green ridge cucumber or 1/2 seedless greenhouse cucumber
• 40g/1-1/2 purslane or 2 bunches of watercress
• 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, diced
• 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
• 4 spring onions, chopped
• 60g/2oz chopped flat-leaf parsley
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Dressing :
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 125ml/4 fl oz fresh lemon juice
• 125ml/4 fl oz extra-virgin olive oil
• Freshly ground black pepper

• Toast the pita bread under a hot grill for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown.
• Break into small pieces or cut into small squares.
• Wash the lettuce and dry in a salad spinner or roll in a clean cloth.
• Tear into small pieces.
• Wash the cucumber, quarter it lengthwise and cut into chunks.
• Wash the purslane or watercress and remove the leaves from the stalks.

For the Dressing :
1. Crush the garlic on a plate and mix with the salt to a smooth paste using the tip of a knife.
2. Place in a bowl with the remaining dressing ingredients and beat well with a fork.

• Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
• Just before serving, pour over the dressing and toss well.
Additional Notes
Its a good idea to have multiple pans going at one time to make the cook ... otherwise the 2 hours could turn into a half a day. :)