This delicious Middle Eastern fattoush salad combines fresh veggies and herbs with crispy pita chips and a sumac dressing. Great as an appetizer or served with protein for a full meal.
Salads! I’ve missed you! You may have read this in my first pregnancy update but I was not craving salads or fresh veggies during my first trimester. All I wanted was bread and pasta… basically, ALL THE CARBS to curb my nausea.
But thankfully I’m over that and back to wanting fresh veggies including lots of salads again. Just in time for all the summer recipes!
Fattoush salad is a traditional Middle Eastern salad that originated in Syria. It’s typically made with fried pieces of flatbread, herbs, and vegetables (typically radishes cucumbers and tomatoes) all chopped and mixed together. The vegetables are usually chopped a bit larger than they are for tabbouleh, another popular Mediterranean salad.
Fattoush salad is typically tossed with a lemon and olive oil dressing that includes sumac, an essential Middle Eastern spice that has a tart flavor similar to lemon juice or vinegar.
Ground sumac is made from reddish purple berries that are ground into a powder. It’s widely available at Middle Eastern markets, but you can also find it in the spice aisle of most larger grocery stores and on Amazon. I was able to find it at my local Whole Foods.
Instead of using pan-friend pita bread like the traditional recipe calls for, we’re using my homemade pita chips. You can honestly cook it either way, the important part is just making sure your pita is crispy and not soft. You want to have a little crunch with each bite of salad.
If you want to pan-fry your pita instead of baking it, simply heat a little oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place pita pieces into the skillet (making sure not to crowd the pita) and fry in batches until golden brown and crisp. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
I personally like the baking method because the pita seems less oily and I add some garlic and salt so it has more flavor as well.
Pro tip: If you have a salad chopper bowl (aka one of my favorite kitchen items) you can throw all of the ingredients for fattoush salad in the bowl and chop them up or you can pre-chop your ingredients and then simply mix together! Here’s what you need:
Fattoush is an awesome appetizer or side salad to pair with just about any main dish. It can also easily be turned into a meal-sized salad with some added protein. Here are some pairing ideas:
I prefer to enjoy this salad right away, but if you want to make this salad ahead of time I would just leave off the pita chips and dressing until right before serving otherwise everything will get soggy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
If you make this fattoush salad, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.