Fattoush salad

Frank Camorra's fattoush salad.
Frank Camorra's fattoush salad. Photo: Marcel Aucar

Sitting down in the middle of the day for a proper meal with a cheeky glass of wine is one of my favourite wind-downs from the crazy week. I find something baked in the oven or a one-pot dish is best. Add an interesting salad; this one has a fantastic dressing that adds spice to the meal, while the toasted pita bread gives it a satisfying crunch.


1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp salt

2 tsp sweet paprika

2 tsp sumac

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 pita breads 

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthwise, cut into 1cm dice

2 medium tomatoes, cut into chunky pieces

1/2 green capsicum, cut into 2cm cubes

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, torn 

1/2 cup mint, chopped

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped



For the dressing, mix the garlic, salt, spices, olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl (add more sumac or lemon juice to taste).

Crisp the pita bread in a moderate oven or under a grill.

Put the vegetables and herbs into a large bowl. Break the pita into small, rough pieces into the bowl. Add the dressing and toss it all well with your hands.

Serving suggestion: Delicious served with Frank Camorra's spanakopita.