Fattoush

August 8, 2012 · 12 comments

in healthy,middle eastern,salads,vegetarian

I first posted fattoush on this blog over 5 years ago, but it needed an update (both the pic and the directions – because there were no directions, apparently). It’s one of our favorites and has practically become a weekly staple with this brutal weather we’ve been experiencing. We’d actually be having it again tomorrow, except I ran out of tomatoes.

Fattoush is a Lebanese/Middle Eastern salad made with vegetables and pita pieces. Often the pita is fried, but I healthify this by baking whole wheat pitas (which are just as crispy).  The salad is very tart and citrusy, from the use of both lemon and sumac. I’m a big fan of lemon, so it’s no surprise this is one of my favorite salads.

Typically, we turn this into a main dish with the addition of some grilled chicken. More often than not, I use the same marinade recipe I do for shawarma, but even just a simply seasoned chicken breast is fine, since the salad itself is packed with flavor. Oh, and a little feta cheese on top never hurt anyone.

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Joanne August 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

This sounds like such a versatile salad! I imagine you could pair it with just about any meal. I’m always looking for new ways to use sumac since I love it but don’t use it quite enough! This is perfect.

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Jessy August 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

I LOVE fattoush! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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Abbz August 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

Still working your way through that giant bag of sumac? Odd hostess gift, but tasty!

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elly August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hah, no, that one has since been replaced – good thing I was able to find it here eventually. :)

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Ann P. August 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

What an awesome salad!! Simple but delicious. I’ve never had Fattoush before, but I am sure I would love it :)

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holly August 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

what is zaatar?

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elly August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

It’s a spice mix. There is a link to it in the recipe.

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Kelsey August 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

Truth time–I’ve never had fattoush. And after seeing this post, I now realize just how wrong that is. I’ve got sumac and za’atar on hand, so I’m thinking I need to rectify this situation soon.

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Cara August 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

This is one of those meals I just can’t get enough of. Seriously, this is like, summer of all things Middle Eastern over here. Hummus, pita, fattoush – it’s all I want lately!

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OliePants August 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I love fattoush salads. When I was working for a firm, I would have this every other day (alternated with the Greek salad). I agree with you, I love lemony salads and this combined with the crunch is perfect.

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Kris August 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Pretty tasty! I confess I did make more dressing than the recipe calls for, but I do like my salads heavier on the dressing than most.

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love cooking August 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

This is a great salad. It seems very nice with the crispy pitas. But I can’t take sour food because of my gastric problem. Guess I have to adjust the dressing a bit, maybe take out sumac or lemon juice and add some honey. :)

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