Traditionally made with day-old pita chips as a way of utilizing leftover bread, this Lebanese vegetable salad is full of complex flavors including sumac, a spice not normally used in Western cooking. For its nutritional properties and interesting flavor profile, we recommend searching for the spice, but if you can’t find sumac at your market, you can substitute paprika. We cut out the crunchy pita, but you could easily incorporate it into the last step of assembly for a more traditional salad.
SUMAC: Used for centuries as a medicinal cure for a variety of ailments, today sumac is studied for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits. It can help in reducing fever and can help treat arthritis, skin inflammation and respiratory problems. Sumac is also full of Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids helping to protect against cardiovascular disease an strokes.
WINTER SQUASH: High in Vitamin A, winter squash, like butternut or delicate, is an important food source for antioxidants like carotenoids that help to fight cancer. Although high in carbohydrates, the carbs in winter squash have antioxidant anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS: Considered part of the cruciferous vegetable family, Brussels sprouts provide unique support in DNA protection. They also support three systems of the body important in cancer prevention: 1. the body’s detox system, 2. antioxidant system, 3. anti-inflammatory system.