Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a much loved Syrian peasant salad in which pieces of soaked toasted bread provide an unusual texture. From my well used cookbook, A New Book of Middle Eastern Food.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Open up the pitta bread and grill until it is brown and crispy.
  2. Crunch the pitta in your hands to break it into little pieces.
  3. Put broken pieces into a bowl.
  4. Moisten and soften with a little lemon juice.
  5. Mix rest of the ingredients.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning.


Most Helpful

This is going to become a regular on our table. It's got all the things I love in food going for it-lemon, tomatoes, herbs and good olive oil. We ate this tonight with Canarygirl's Middle Eastern Burgers, and it was a great meal. I added the garlic, but next time I plan to leave it out, as it was a bit harsh on the tongue. Thanks Angela for a terrific recipe.

JustJanS July 14, 2002

Mmmm, very authentic...tastes just like the one at my favorite little Lebanese restaurant (which I can't get to anymore since we moved far away to a place w/o middle Eastern food...waaaah....) I'd managed a decent substitute just messing around in the kitchen, but this is even better and oh-so-easy to make - thanks! I love garlic but did use powder to help keep it more even across the whole dish. I think I'll see if I can find that cookbook, too; I'm sure it would get a lot of use around here!

winkki December 03, 2003

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