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Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Sumac Cumin Vinaigrette

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Years ago, a dear French cousin uprooted her young adult life in Lyon to come stateside to look after my newborn. The celebration of Elise’ first birthday in NYC is a particularly fond memory. The birthday wish was simple…..Lebanese food. Coming from Lyon – widely considered the cradle of haute cuisine along the Rhone river in France – her request puzzled me at first. I would have bet money a fancy dinner anywhere on the UES in the 60s (French restaurant central) would suit. So aiming to please, the entire family – baby and all – headed out to Byblos NYC for amazing mezze, kebabs, baba ghannouj, taboule and za’atar pies. This is the evening that I fell in love with fattoush salad and sumac. This bright, crunchy, lemony salad with a tangy sumac cumin vinaigrette dotted with crisp pita bites just sings. The purple-ish, red sumac is a zingy Middle Eastern spice full of flavor and sooooo worth trying. Everytime I want to re-experience this joyful event – how we noshed on mezze after mezze plate and sang along with the piano man to every single song – I whip up this version of fattoush salad and transport myself back in time.
Happy Birthday Elise!

Recipe for Lebanese Fattoush Salad

1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped

2-3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 cucumber, peeled and chopped

8 radishes, halved

4 pitas, toasted and broken into pieces

2 Tbsp parsley, chopped

2 Tbsp mint, chopped

Sumac Cumin Vinaigrette

6 Tbps Olive Oil

2 tsp sumac

1 tsp cumin

1/2 cup lemon juice

zest of one lemon

1 clove of garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all salad ingredients and toss with vinaigrette. Garnish with extra sumac.

Bon Appetit!

Lynn Cardin



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