Authentic Fattoush Salad

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If you were to ask me what I hoped to improve upon in my diet, my answer would always be: to consume less carbs and more salads. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing I feel when I’m super veggie heavy and light on carbs. My mind is clearer, which is crazy because it’s one of those things you don’t actually know you are experiencing… also known as mind fog. And then when it’s not there, it’s such a huge smack in the face… eat yo vegetables lady, you feel so good, don’t eat that half loaf of sourdough (ahem, yaaa).

For me though, I need variety. I can’t eat the same salad constantly, and salads seem to be one of those things I’m even more picky about (of course, because otherwise life would be too easy). The one thing I always have to tell myself is that salad’s aren’t boring anymore. They don’t have to be a green, a couple thinly sliced veggies, typically onion and carrot, maybe some cucumber, + croutons and an enormous amount of dressing. You know, the amount of dressing an eight year old would use – because we are all just trying to pretend we are making a healthy decision.

Salads now though have roasted veggies, grains and/or in this case don’t even have a main green. Whaaaat? Yep! Let me introduce you to my little Middle Eastern salad… Fattoush.

Fattoush is typically a bread salad but, as mentioned above, little me is trying the veggie to carb ratio to lean slightly more towards the veg. And the pitas (aka the bread of the bread salad) are commonly toasted or even fried. Here we just give them a little grill action to crisp up but not be sharp enough to destroy the roof of your mouth. Because seriously pita chips + the roof of my mouth, makes it look like a battle for good and evil went down. Does anyone else have that problem, where pitas just scratch the hell out of the roof of your mouth? Even croutons can put up a fight.

Okay, so to avoid said war, pitas for this version are grilled as mentioned. However, you can totally buy pita chips or make your own, but you’ve been warned.

The rest of the ingredients = fresh veggies commonly found in American salads that have just been roughly chopped. The dressing is a light vinaigrette flavored with garlic, parsley and sumac. Never heard of sumac? It’s a light balanced, slightly tart seasoning that is commonly seen in zatar, a rather recent popular spice blend here in the States, that is also from the Middle East. I buy my sumac from Penzey’s Spices, but Amazon has this sumac with great reviews, and we all loooove Amazon.

This salad makes two lunch size portions, or four side salads. If you are interested in making it heartier, you can always up the veggies, and add in sliced radishes or a couple handfuls of chopped romaine. The dressing coats everything really well and will leave drippings in your bowl, so you could easily add more and not need to make another batch of dressing. As with any salad,  I would start with 1/2 the dressing first, toss, and evaluate, working towards the amount you personally desire. You can always add more dressing in, but wiping off veggies doesn’t really sound like how you would want to spend part of your day.

Can I make this salad gluten-free?

Yes, for a gluten-free version, use gluten-free pitas or omit them entirely.

Is Fattoush Salad vegan?

It can be. Make sure to check the ingredients to ensure that the pitas or naan are vegan.

Can I add other vegetables to the Fattoush Salad?

Definitely! Some people like to add bell peppers, olives or even chickpeas to give it more body.

What can I serve with Fattoush Salad?

Fattoush Salad pairs well with grilled meats, hummus, and other Middle Eastern dishes. It also works as a refreshing side to any main course.

What can I use as a substitute for sumac?

If you can’t find sumac, you can use a combination of lemon zest and a pinch of black pepper as a substitute. However, sumac has a unique tangy flavor, so it’s best to use it if you can find it.

How can I store leftover Fattoush Salad?

It’s best to eat Fattoush Salad fresh, but if you have leftovers, store the salad and dressing separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The salad should be eaten within a day or two, and the dressing can last up to a week.

Can I make the dressing in advance?

Yes, you can make the dressing in advance. In fact, making it ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together. Just be sure to give it a good stir or shake before adding it to the salad.

What kind of bread is traditionally used in Fattoush Salad?

Traditionally, Fattoush Salad is made with pita bread. However, you can also use naan or any other flatbread if pita is not available. The key is to toast or grill the bread so it’s crispy.

Why is it important to use fresh vegetables in this salad?

Using fresh vegetables is essential because Fattoush Salad is known for its crisp texture and vibrant flavors. Fresh vegetables ensure that the salad remains crunchy and refreshing.

Authentic Fattoush Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American


For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 4 Persian cucumbers chopped
  • 2 medium/large heirloom tomatoes seeded & chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion halved & thinly sliced
  • 2 pitas or naans grilled and torn or chopped
  • optional: sliced radish and or chopped romaine


For the dressing:

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients until well combined, and set aside.

For the salad:

  • In a large mixing bowl, toss all ingredients together except pitas. When ready to serve toss salad with dressing and top with torn pita pieces.


*For gluten free, use GF versions or omit if necessary. If vegan make sure to check the ingredients to ensure pitas and/or naan are in fact vegan. For a more robust salad try adding a couple or few handfuls of chopped romaine and/or more of the veggies, including the addition of radishes if desired. As is if using all of the dressing, it will coat all ingredients and leave drippings on your plate.

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