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Fattoush Salad

fattoush salad

This fattoush salad is a staple in many Arab homes and restaurants. It is one of the most beloved salads as it is refreshing, tangy, and crunchy from the crisp pita chips. Truly is the perfect bite of salad and it goes with so many Middle Eastern meals as a quintessential side, especially in Ramadan like beef kufta and chicken tawook.

What is needed to make Fattoush salad?

There are 3 key components to this salad that I believe are a must for a proper authentic fattoush.

  1. Pita chips. There must be pita chips in a fattoush salad. It is what makes it fattoush! Now, whether you want to fry the pita, air fry, or bake is totally up to you. Traditionally, pita is cut into small squares or triangles and then fried in oil till crisp and seasoned with salt. I personally prefer to bake or air fry these until golden brown and crunchy. It is lighter, healthier, and less messy. The pita chips in this recipe are considered the croutons which I am sure many of us love in a salad!
  2. Zesty Dressing. On the web, you will find almost no fattoush dressing is the same. They may share similar components but each one is a bit different. Some recipes call for yogurt and others for garlic but here I keep it simple with a tangy and herbaceous vinaigrette that will elevate the chopped vegetables. Key ingredients are olive oil, sumac, fresh lemon juice, dried mint, and pomegranate molasses. You can make the dressing ahead of time and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge to use as you please too!
  3. The Vegetables. I believe that a fattoush salad must have these vegetables for it to be authentic: lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and onions. Romaine lettuce is the preferred variety for this salad. I personally like to use both red and green onions in my fattoush along with herbs like dill and parsley.

Tips for making a delicious Fattoush

  • Never dress this salad ahead of time as it has lettuce which will wilt if dressed in advance.
  • When choosing your vegetables, make sure they are fresh and of good quality as they are the star of the salad.
  • Always make your own pita chips. It is super easy and just tastes better! The ones in the market are sometimes too thick for fattoush.
  • Never skip the sumac. It is a necessary ingredient for a proper fattoush salad. The tanginess and color are unmatched. You will see I use it in both the dressing and to top the veggies. You can find sumac at any local Middle Eastern or Mediterranean market.
  • Use great quality olive oil. The deep taste and fragrant smell of olive oil are important for this recipe.

I cannot wait for you to give this simple fattoush salad a try! Let me know what you think of it below and share your creations with me on Instagram.

Feel free to check out these other salad recipes are on my website too:

Turkish Salad

Arabic Salad

Tahini Salad

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5 from 4 votes

Fattoush Salad

This fattoush salad is tangy, refreshing, and crisp from the pita chips. It is a quintessential salad in many Arab homes and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Arab, lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: easy salad recipe, fatoush, fattoush, fattoush salad
Servings: 4
Author: Heifa

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Tomato. chopped
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers, chopped
  • 5 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • 2 Green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 Red onion, chopped
  • A Handful of Fresh parsley, chopped
  • A Handful of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Mint
  • 1/2 tbsp Sumac
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 Lemon's Juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Sumac
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Mint
  • Salt to taste start with 1/2 tsp

Pita Chips

  • 1-2 Pieces of Pita Bread, split, then cut into triangles or squares
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Toss the pita bread in the olive oil, salt, and pepper then air fry or bake till crisp. This shouldnt take more than 5-8 minutes on 400 F.
  • Mix together the dressing ingredients and set to the side.
  • Mix together the salad component with all the vegetables and herbs then set to the side in the desired bowl.
  • Toss the dressing with the salad. Feel free to use it entirely or just enough to your liking. Leftover dressing stays well in a jar in the fridge.
  • Top with the crisp pita chips. Toss everything together and enjoy fresh!

Notes

You can prepare each component of this salad separately ahead of time and then toss it together before serving so it stays fresh and crisp. 
fattoush salad
fattoush salad

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So I’ve been craving fattoush salad and I kept seeing it everywhere so I jumped on Fufu’s kitchen searched for it under the sides and I made it last night! My husband said it was so good that his mom would have loved it! She’s picky! My son said it was amazing and my almost 3 year old stole my bowl and ate! I had to put me another bowl. The dressing is perfect! I think I’m going to make this again and do some grilled chicken on the side of it!

  2. 5 stars
    This salad is literally the best! So delicious and so fresh! A wonderful compliment to any meal!! Thanks Fufu!

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