How to Make Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

Hello everyone,

I love Middle Eastern cuisine. Baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouli, you name it— it’s some of my favorite food. I was craving a feel good meal this weekend, so I decided to try my hand at a classic, fattoush salad.

Fattoush (فتوش) is a levantine bread salad which originated in Lebanon, but is also common in Syria and other Middle Eastern counties. Fattoush includes toasted or fried pieces of pita bread mixed with greens and fresh vegetables. It generally also includes cucumber, tomato, and other ingredients depending on season, location, taste, etc.

The dressing is slightly sour and acidic, using a healthy serving of lemon juice and sumac. Since I didn’t have sumac, I used zatar seasoning to give the salad a full flavor. I also used store bought pita chips to save time, but I’m sure this recipe would be even better if you used homemade pita bread for the crunch. This is a deceptively easy salad to make considering the robust flavor combinations. Why not give it a try?

What’s your favorite Middle Eastern recipe?

Cheers,

Jocelyn


Fattoush Salad

Prep Time: ~20 minutes; Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:  

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 4 roma tomatoes, chopped into small chunks or 1 cup, halved cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice (or use a lime/ lemon combo)
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon zatar seasoning
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1+ cup toasted pita bread pieces
  • Optional:
    • red onion, diced
    • green or red pepper, diced
    • black olives, sliced

Directions:  

  1. Chop the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and green onion. Mix well in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, zatar seasoning, and salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Add the pita chips into the salad mixture.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Enjoy!

22 thoughts on “How to Make Fattoush Salad

  1. Try using sumac instead of the zatar seasoning and in order to get that tyical tangy fattoush flavour.
    Really enhances and makes for an authentic meal.

  2. Mmm.. I love those pita chips.
    I’m also a huge fan of Middle Eastern cuisine. A local hummus restaurant opened up last month and I love going there at least once a week to feast! I’d love to try this salad myself at home.

  3. I’ve never heard of fattoush salad. But it looks really good. I love a good salad, especially in the spring and summer. Just very refreshing. Even though I know I should eat more of them in the fall and winter lol. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have never tried this sale. It sounds really good. I’m betting my daughter would love it. I’m not much of a cook, but this is something I can handle.

  5. My husband and I make this salad often, I love fattoush salad and it is very fulfilling too! Now I want to tryout your recipe, thanks for sharing this post! I too booked marked it so I can make this over the weekend.

  6. I love trying new cultural food. I never heard of fattoush salad before. I would love to try it and the dressing made to go with it sounds up my alley.

  7. My first taste of Fattoush Salad came from a Yotoam Ottolenghi recipe. It’s one of our favorites. With tons of fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, crisp red onions, toasted pita bread, crunchy cucumbers, a zesty lemon dressing .. it’s a classic!

  8. Yum! This sounds amazing. It’s lunchtime right now, and I’d love to have one of these. Anything with pita bread and salad is good to go in my book.

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