Loquat Fattoush

Loquat Fattoush

Fattoush, originally a salad to make use of stale bread in the same vein as panzanella, meant an extra search for me, for pittas. Luckily, I managed to track down some fried pitta squares; meaning I didn’t have to do any frying or, alternatively, baking to create the desired crisp bread shards required for this Levantine salad. I made mine a loquat fattoush.

The loquat, or nispero in Spanish, is a sure sign that spring is here and I find myself adding it to many a salad; until the the flat peach (paraguayo) come into season. As with all the ingredients for this – or any other – salad, quality is important: the tomatoes should be flavourful and ripe; the cucumber should be small and firm; the radishes should be peppery – ideally with red flecks running through their crisp white interior. Buy fruit and vegetables loose – not in sealed plastic bags or, even worse, on polystyrene trays in sealed plastic bags.

If you can’t find fried flatbread/ pitta you can make some yourself – well bake some! Simply brush your flatbread/s on both sides with olive oil and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before smashing into bitesize pieces.

Makes a salad for 2

200g whole milk queso fresco – or feta
3 ripe nisperos; peeled and torn
2 small Kirby cucumbers, half peeled (stripes)
7 ripe cherry plum tomatoes
5 radishes; top, tail and cut into wedges
Sprig of fresh mint; leaves picked and torn
Sprig of fresh curly parsley; chopped
A few fresh basil leaves
Fried or baked flatbread/ pitta – see above



25ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tsp pomegranate mollasses
1 tsp soft brown sugar
Lemon juice
A good pinch of Sumac
Himalayan Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper


For the dressing, put all the ingredients into a small clean jar – i.e. an old jam jar – and shake vigorously to mix.


For the salad,  mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and toss in the dressing. Serve immediately as delaying will allow the crisp pitta shards to go soggy!

James and the flat peach x

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