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fattoush salad

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I’ve had a recent obsession with Mediterranean/Lebanese/Israeli/Levantine cuisines lately. I cannot be stopped. My favorite restaurant? Zankou Chicken. (Trying Ta’eem next!)  My favorite cookbook? Modern Flavors of Arabia. My favorite lunch? This fattoush salad.

Fattoush salad (for those of you who aren’t familiar) is a bread salad made with greens and vegetables and fried pita bread. This version is so flavorful – and colorful – from sweet tomatoes, persian cucumbers, fresh lemon juice and bright herbs. I took a shortcut by buying pre-fried pita chips, but you could also use baked ones from the store. Just don’t skip the pita chips – they truly make this salad!

Serve the salad alongside some chicken shawarma or a slab of feta and fresh olives for a true feast.




Fattoush Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: entree salad


Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • salt & pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 lb. persian cucumbers, halved and sliced
  • 1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved and sliced
  • 3/4 oz fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 oz fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup crushed fried pita chips


For the Dressing

Mince garlic or leave whole and smash to remove later.

Whisk together all ingredients.

For the Salad

Mix all ingredients but pita chips.

Toss with dressing.

Top with pita chips.

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  1. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    Oh man, this salad looks amazing! I just so happen to have the end of a bag of pita chips hanging out in my pantry…now I know what I’m going to do with them. Question: what’s the difference between a Persian cucumber and, say, an English cucumber? I’m assuming they’d be relatively interchangeable, right?

  2. Maria Tadic

    I love fattoush salads. Probably one of my top fans ever. I especially love a lot of sumac in it. Really makes a difference! However, you’re right – the pita chips are a MUST!

  3. Mercedes

    This sounds so fantastic! These flavors are some of my favorite and I bet it would be incredible with feta! That dressing would be good on just about anything!

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