Fattoush salad with grilled halloumi

Fattoush,this traditional Lebanese salad, is a combination of fresh veggies, flavorful herbs and generally toasted pita bread. This is my all-time favorite salad, it is so fresh, and the use of sumac which has a slightly lemony flavor, bump this salad up to something so good you'll want to make over and over. Sumac is a key ingredient in this salad and really takes the whole experience to an entirely new explosive level. Sumac is a tangy, deep red or burgundy spice derived from the dried berries of the non-poisonous sumac bush. It is used along with lemon or in place of lemon to add a tart, lemony taste to salads, meats, fried eggs, dips as well as added to other spices like in Zaa’tar. You can find Sumac in Middle-Eastern specialty stores or Whole Food Stores. I wanted to use grilled halloumi cheese instead of the pita bread. Halloumi is a firm-textured Cypriot cheese available in all middle-eastern stores. It is fantastic char-grilled. It will toughen if allowed to cool, so it's important to serve it as quickly as possible.

Ingredients (serves 6 to 8): 
1 Roman lettuce coarsely chopped 
1 cup coarsely chopped purslane 
1 bunch of parsley chopped 
 ½ bunch of mint leaves chopped 
2 small cucumbers peeled and diced 
7 to 8 radishes sliced 
2 tomatoes coarsely diced 
1 onion sliced 
2 green onions thinly sliced 
2 cloves of garlic crushed 
halloumi cheese, cubed then grilled

For the dressing: 
1/4 cup of pomegranate molasses (debs el remmen) 
½ cup lemon juice 
2/3 cup olive oil 
½ teaspoon paprika 
1 to 2 tbsp sumac 

Arrange all the vegetables in a big salad bowl.
In a small bowl, mix the pomegranate molasses, the lemon juice, the olive oil, the sumac, the paprika, the salt and the crushed garlic.
Sprinkle the sauce on the vegetables. Toss well.
Add the hot grilled halloumi and serve.

Salade fattouch avec halloumi grillé
Ingrédients (6 à 8 personnes): 
1 laitue émincée 
1 botte de mâche 
1 bouquet de persil ciselé 
 ½ bouquet de menthe ciselée 
2 petits concombres épluchées et coupées en rondelles 
7 à 8 radis coupés en rondelles 
2 tomates coupées en gros cubes 
1 oignon coupé en lamelles 
2 oignons verts émincés 
2 gousses d'ail écrasées 
fromage halloumi, grillé

1/4 tasse de mélasse de grenade (debs el remmen) 
½ tasse de jus de citron  
2/3 tasse d'huile d'olive 
½ càc de paprika 
1 à 2 càs de sumac 

Disposez tous les légumes dans un grand saladier.
Dans un bol, mélangez la mélasse de grenade, le jus de citron, l'huile d'olive, le sumac, le paprika, le sel et l'ail écrasé.
Versez la sauce sur les légumes. Mélangez bien.
Ajoutez le halloumi grillé et servez.


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