• Clare McElhatton

Sumac & Mint Dressing for leaves



Use simply to dress salad leaves; or make a fattoush-style salad by adding diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and toasted or fried bread croutons.

Dressing (for 2)


· 2 cloves of garlic

· 1 tsp dried mint (finely chopped fresh mint, or a mixture of the two can be used)

· 1 tsp sumac

· Juice & zest of 1 lemon

· Salt

· Pepper

· Olive oil


For the salad:

· 1 bag of Platt Fields Market Garden Salad Leaves

· Crispy chickpeas (optional)


Method:

1. Grate the garlic on a zester, mince it, or finely chop with a knife.

2. Add the sumac, mint, salt, pepper and juice and zest of one lemon to the garlic.

3. Leave for at least 5 minutes to let the flavours marinate.

4. Coat the leaves with the dressing and allow to sit for another 5 minutes, the acid will break down the leaves slightly. Add other ingredients if using at this stage.

5. Drizzle the salad with olive oil and serve.


Crispy Chickpeas

Drain a can of chickpeas, coat in olive or vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a 200°C oven for 30-40minutes until crispy. Use half for the salad and keep half for snacking or another recipe. Spices, such as paprika and cumin can be added whilst roasting.

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