Authentic Lebanese Fattoush


1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons sumac powder

Salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

1 medium cucumber, diced

2 large tomatoes, diced

4 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 (5 ounce) package arugula

4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into pieces

Method of Preparation:

1. Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper, purslane, and arugula. Toss with the dressing, and serve with pita.