Make Ahead

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese

July 26, 2016
1 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Here is my perfect bread salad combination, taking a little bit from each tradition and combining them into what I sometimes jokingly refer to as “patouche” or “fanzanella.”

This should really just be considered a road map, and substitutions should be freely used and explored: different kinds of toasted hard bread; different herbs; different kinds of onions; et cetera. It all depends on what you have on hand and what you like. —Sara Jenkins

What You'll Need
  • 2 pita breads, split and toasted
  • 2 really fresh big beefsteak tomatoes (ideally picked in your backyard or from the farmers market)
  • 1/2 cup mixed cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound French sheep's milk feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole basil leaves
  1. Break the toasted pita into shards and place at the bottom of a serving bowl. Dice the tomatoes and layer over the bread shards with a pinch of salt to start pulling out the juice.
  2. Peel and dice the cucumber and add on top of the tomatoes. Dice the radishes and slice the scallions thinly and add to the bowl. Cut the romaine in half, core, and then cut into fat 1 1/2- to 2-inch ribbons. Sprinkle the sumac over everything.
  3. To make the dressing crush the clove of garlic with the sea salt, add the vinegar, then whisk in the olive oil. Dress the salad and toss. Let it all sit so the flavors meld for about 15 minutes, then sprinkle with the crumbled feta cheese, fold in the basil, and serve.
  4. This is a great salad for advance preparation, as it really just gets better the longer it marinates. Some people in my family even like the leftovers the next morning for breakfast!

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3 Reviews

Jill H. June 23, 2018
So good! Served with grilled lemon chicken and a little tzatziki. Had to use fresh parsley & oregano as I found myself basil-less. Can’t wait to make it again
Merrill S. July 31, 2016
This sounds so good right now! If I don't have sumac, what else could I use?
Sara J. August 1, 2016
I think just lots of extra lemon! but Sumac is a good thing to have in the spice cabinet, I put it on cucumber salad and I love to make shaved red onions wilted with salt and lime and then lots of sumac as a companion for any kind of grilled meat