Fattoush

Fattoush
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
668 Calories
32g Fat
81g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 668
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 729mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Protein 16g
Calcium 263mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fattoush is a popular salad in Middle Eastern cuisine and especially in Lebanon. In a sense, it's the Middle East's version of Italian Panzanella which is a bread salad made with toasted croutons. Toasted bread cubes also feature prominently in Caesar salad, where the bread is often seasoned with grated Parmesan cheese. In Panzanella, though, just as with fattoush, the bread is folded into the salad and is meant to absorb the dressing. Can we just say...yum!

Panzanella is frequently made with hunks of sourdough and fattoush typically uses pita bread. But there's no hard and fast rule about it. You can tear up whatever toasted bread you like and include it in fattoush because it's more a method than a rule. The important element is that the bread is mixed in to absorb the dressing as opposed to being just a garnish on top. Although toasting the bread is more typical, it's also possible to fry it, just as Mexican cuisine uses fried tortilla bowls or strips in salads.

You may also add whatever vegetables are in season that you have around such as asparagus. But the typical base of all Middle Eastern salads is lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes with frequent appearances by radishes and onions.

Typical Middle Eastern dressings also rely on some tried and true ingredients. Namely, a basic vinaigrette made with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice rather than vinegar. Sumac, with its lemon taste, is a common dressing ingredient as well. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups toasted pita bread (torn into 1-inch pieces)
  • For the Salad:
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cucumber (diced)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup green pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce (torn into small pieces)
  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Toast the pita bread in a pre-heated 400 F oven for about 5 minutes.

  3. Then tear into 1-inch pieces.

For the Salad

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, toasted pita, cucumber, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and parsley together.

  3. Toss gently.

For the Dressing

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, mint, salt, and pepper. Whisk together well.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Recipe Variations

  • You can add many spices to this according to your tastes.
  • Some good options would be sumac, which gives a lemony flavor, or cumin which has the quintessential taste of Middle Eastern cooking.
  • Another option is to add chickpeas for a heartier salad.