Broad bean, mint, parsley and pomegranate fattoush

Broad bean, mint, parsley and pomegranate fattoush

By
From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
2-4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

I have this love affair with Arabic flavours; it all started when I move to Melbourne. There is something magical about the flavours, texture, ease and yet complexity to the dishes - none more so than a fattoush, seasonally changing to whatever is around.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 large pitta bread
olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
175g podded fresh broad beans
1 large handful mint, washed and roughly chopped
1 large handful flat-leaf parsley, washed and roughly chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 pomegranate, seeds removed
1 lemon, juiced
good pinch ground sumac, (see glossary)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Take the pitta bread and lightly wet it; this will help to ‘steam bake’ the bread, keeping it a little moist, but crispy on the outside. Place on a baking tray, then into the oven, and cook for 4–5 minutes on each side, or until starting to go a little crisp. Take out of the oven and brush with some olive oil, then sprinkle the cumin over. Once cool, tear into small pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the broad beans and cook for 2 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon and refresh under cold water. When the broad beans are cool enough to handle, gently squeeze them out of their leathery skins.
  3. Roughly chop the broad beans and place in a mixing bowl. Add the mint, parsley, onion, radish and pomegranate seeds and toss gently to combine. Add the lemon juice, then drizzle on enough olive oil to coat. Add the toasted pitta pieces and the sumac, toss again and serve.
  4. The fattoush also goes nicely with a little yoghurt on the side.
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