Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Fattoush is basically a Mediterranean fried bread salad that typically includes lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and fried pieces of pita bread. So, in Arabic, the word “fattoush” is derived from “fatteh” which literally means “crumbs.” As you can imagine, this Fattoush Salad is basically a hodgepodge of pita bread that’s been seasoned then fried (or toasted) in addition to other vegetables that are in season. For that reason, there are no rules when it comes to the vegetables you use in Fattoush! It’s a great base recipe that you can build upon and dress up how you’d like.

Ingredients

Fattoush

  • Pita bread (cut into triangles as best as you can)
  • Olive OIl
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 large head of romaine
  • 1 large tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Radish

Dressing

  • Olive Oil (About 3 Tablespoons)
  • Lemon Juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
  • Salt
  • Pepper 

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Pita Bread: In a large pan, heat up high quality extra virgin olive oil, then add the cut-up pita, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and give the pan a good toss.
      • If you prefer to bake the pita bread, you can toss the bread, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a baking dish and bake at 425° for 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pita bread you use.

      • 2. In a large bowl, add the salad dressing ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sumac, pomegranate molasses, salt, and pepper. Whisk together until the dressing is emulsified and well blended. 

        3. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, green onions, and parsley to the large bowl of dressing and toss to combine.

        4. Add the fried pita bread to the salad immediately before serving and gently toss again.
        
        

        As adapted from Feel Good Foodie