Toasted pita bread pieces are tossed with crisp cos lettuce, spring onions, cucumber, fresh tomatoes and a flavourful Middle Eastern dressing in this salad. Sumac is available from some supermarkets or Lebanese shops.


2 pita breads or Lebanese bread
8 leaves cos lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 spring onions, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
handful chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons sumac powder
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
small handful chopped fresh mint leaves

Preparation method

1.   Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2.   Toast the bread 5 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until crisp. Remove from heat, and break into bite size pieces.
3.   In a large bowl, toss together toasted bread pieces, cos lettuce, spring onions, cucumber and tomatoes.
4.   In a small bowl, mix the parsley, garlic, sumac powder, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and mint. Pour over the pitta mixture, and toss just before serving.