This fattoush salad is a blend of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs and pita chips, all tossed in a lemon dressing. A light and refreshing salad that’s the perfect side dish to grilled chicken, fish or beef.
Whenever I go to my local Middle Eastern restaurant, I always have to order the fattoush salad. It’s a light and refreshing blend of lettuce and vegetables with pita chips instead of croutons. The lemon sumac dressing really takes this salad over the top and turns it into something special.
What is fattoush?
Fattoush is a salad that’s popular all over the Middle East, and originated in the country of Lebanon. It contains a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish and onion, as well as fresh herbs and toasted flatbread. It is tossed in an olive oil based dressing.
How do you make fattoush salad?
This salad starts with romaine lettuce, which is mixed with cucumbers, tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, radish, mint leaves and parsley. A simple dressing goes over the top, and the salad ingredients are all tossed together. The final step is to stir in pita chips for added crunch. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
What is fattoush dressing made of?
The dressing for this salad is a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, sumac, garlic and salt. Sumac is a spice used in Middle Eastern cooking, and is the ground and dried berries of the sumac bush. You can find sumac in the spice aisle of most large grocery stores, and it can also be purchased at local ethnic markets.
Tips for the perfect salad
- Try using a mandoline to thinly slice my radishes, red onion and cucumbers.
- I prefer to use small Persian style cucumbers for this recipe, but you can use quartered and sliced English cucumbers if you like.
- I like to leave my parsley and mint leaves whole because they really add a lot of fresh flavor to the salad, but you can also mince them and add them to the dressing.
- When I make this salad, I use store bought prepared pita chips for convenience. To make your own homeade pita chips, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. Cut 4 pita rounds into 8 wedges each, then lay the wedges in a single layer on the pan. Brush the pita wedges with 1/3 cup olive oil and sprinkle on any seasonings you like. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned and crispy.
I love to serve this salad as-is for a light and refreshing side dish, but sometimes I add other ingredients to make it more of a main course offering.
- Protein: You can add protein such as grilled chicken, shrimp or steak.
- Beans: I love to add canned chickpeas or white beans for a boost of flavor and nutrition.
- Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese is the perfect addition to this salad.
- Vegetables: You can add other veggies to the mix such as bell peppers, mushrooms, artichokes or olives.
Once you try fattoush, you’ll find it on your permanent rotation. The big, bold flavors are the perfect counterpart to a variety of dishes.
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For the salad
- 4 cups romaine lettuce coarsely chopped
- 2 cups tomatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup radishes thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 1 1/2 cups pita chips
For the dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Place the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, red onion, parsley leaves and mint leaves in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Add the pita chips and toss one more time. Serve immediately.