Author Notes: For some, fattoush is all about the pita. For others, it’s about those beautiful persian cucumbers — the skinny, seedless variety that have finally found their way to farmers’ markets on the east coast. But if you ask me, especially in this season, fattoush begins and ends with excellent tomatoes. I use a mix of big, voluptuous heirlooms and the small, bursting red and yellow cherries. This week, I got my hands on some baby heirlooms in red, yellow, and a beautiful greenish purple, which made for quite the colorful salad. - Rivka - Rivka
Food52 Review: Embrace the Levant with Rivka's Fattoush: Like croutons, the pita shards bring substance to the fragrant, herbed salad alongside heirloom tomatoes, cucumber and pungent onions, all laced with an edgy dressing of purple-red sumac, lemon juice and dried mint tempered by sweet pomegranate molasses. The dressing lightly pickles the onions, sweetening them, and the pita crisps shed some stiffness, somewhat softening but still with character. Don’t skip the ‘rest & bloom’ -- you will be rewarded. Feeling fancy? Crumble feta and black olive rings over the top and up the herbiness with cilantro. Make it. Today. This summer. Make it. - Kitchen Butterfly - A&M
Serves 6 as a first course
For the salad
- 3 big heirloom tomatoes of different varieties, such as red, purple cherokee, green zebra, and yellow
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, most flavorful you can find – I favor yellow ones -- halved
- 3-4 middle eastern cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced into chunks
- 3 scallions, bulb end removed, sliced
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced, optional
- 4 pieces good quality pita bread
- 1/4 cup mint, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- salt and pepper
For the dressing
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 tablespoons pomegranate syrup
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried mint
- 1/2 teaspoon sumac
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350. If pita is pocket-style, slice open. Put in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sumac. Bake pita 15-20 minutes, until crisped. Alternative: if it’s too hot to turn on the oven, you can just slip the pita slices in the toaster and toast until crisped. Remove toasted pita from oven or toaster, and break into uneven bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Set aside a bowl for making the dressing; as you slice tomatoes, you’ll add the collected juices to the bowl. Rinse and dry large heirloom tomatoes delicately. Halve tomatoes, then slice each into 2-bite wedges, taking care to reserve the collected juice and transfer it into the dressing bowl. Halve cherry tomatoes. Transfer all tomatoes to large, shallow bowl or rimmed serving platter. Add cucumbers, red onions if using, scallions, and mint to salad bowl, and carefully incorporate without smushing tomatoes. (That’s a technical term.) Add pita chips on top.
- Make dressing: combine all ingredients except oil, and whisk to combine. Add oil in slow stream, whisking as you pour to emulsify dressing. Drizzle dressing over salad, and let sit for 20-30 minutes before serving, tossing every 10 minutes or so to meld flavors.
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- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe Using Heirloom Tomatoes