In my quest to find some summer salad recipes I found this lovely middle eastern salad recipe from Thomasina Miers ( http://www.thomasinamiers.com ). She adapted the traditional Fattoush salad in a great dish full of flavor. Tomatoes were replaced by nice ripe peaches and green asparagus entered the ingredient list. In the original recipe the asparagus are boiled, but we chose to grill them instead. It was really too good not to share it with you all. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Let’s have a look at the ingredient list.
- 2 Large wholemeal pittas
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 tsp sumac
- 1 bunch of green asparagus (8 stems) – trim the wooded ends
- coconut oil
- 3 ripe peaches
- handful of mint leaves
- handful of fresh oregano leaves
- handful of fennel tops, wild fennel or dill
- 1 small, crisp iceberg lettuce (washed, chopped into chunks)
- 1/2 cucumber, cut in half lengthways, then into chunky half moons
- 100 gr feta
For the dressing
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 1 pinch of brown sugar (I replaced it with a tsp of honey)
- 1 tsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- squeeze of lemon juice
Let’s get started.
Heat the oven to 200°C and put the halved pitta slices on a large baking sheet, drizzle generously with olive oil, season with sea salt, pepper and sumac (you can also use Za’atar). Now bake for 10 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown. Take them out , put aside. Once cool enough to handle, break the bread into rough, bite-sized pieces
Take a grill pan and put it on high heat. Put in coconut oil and grill the asparagus. set aside
It’s easiest to make the dressing in a jar : put in the crushed garlic, sugar (or honey), molasses, vinegar and olive oil. Shake the Jar and add a bit of lemon juice.
Stone and chop the peaches and put them in a large salad bowl; add the crispy pitta crisps and all the other salad ingredients, except the feta. Pour over the dressing, toss to coat everything, then crumble over the feta and sprinkle some sumac on top. Ready to serve !