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Fattoush with crisp olive flatbread



Fattoush with crisp olive flatbread

A vibrant and zesty Levantine salad with crispy, olivey bread. It’s also vegan and quick to make.



  • 2 small cucumbers
  • 450g/1lb cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 200g/7oz radishes, quartered
  • 1 small baby gem lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 50g/1¾oz flatleaf parsley leaves
  • 10g/⅓oz small mint leaves
  • 9 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pitta bread
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp sumac

For the olive paste

  • 12 green olives, stones removed
  • 25g/1oz finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juice only


  1. Peel, halve and remove the seeds from the cucumbers. Cut them into half-moons and place in a large bowl.

  2. Add the tomatoes, radishes and lettuce. Scatter over the spring onions and tear in the parsley and mint leaves.

  3. Heat 5 tablespoons of the olive oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the whole pitta bread until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool.

  4. Break up the bread into bite-sized pieces.

  5. To make the olive paste, blend the olives with the parsley, olive oil and lemon juice, then spread the paste on the bread pieces.

  6. Dress the salad with the pomegranate molasses, the remaining olive oil and the sumac. Mix well with your hands.

  7. Serve the salad with pieces of olive bread.



Fattoush with crisp olive flatbread

Fattoush with crisp olive flatbread

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