Serves 4 25 min
Variants on this healthy, crunchy veg and bread salad are eaten with practically everything in the Middle East. It could also stand as a meal in itself. This recipes calls for the ripest possible tomatoes to reach its flavoursome best.


  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp sumac (optional)
  • 1½ medium sized pitta breads
  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, halved and thickly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 Cos or Little Gem or batavia lettuce
  • 1 red or mild onion, sliced and roughly chopped
  • small handful each mint and parsley, chopped


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Put the first seven ingredients listed in a bowl with the tomatoes and mix together.
  • Step 2

    Tear the pitta bread into bite size pieces and toast in a medium oven for about 10 minutes until starting to brown.
  • Step 3

    Add the rest of the ingredients to the tomato in the bowl. Just before serving add the toasted pitta bread.