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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14 Comments (Reply )

  1. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    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?


    • Emily
      Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      Yes, you could definitely use an English cucumber. They are pretty similar, but really small, so they have even less seeds!


      • Emily
        Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

        Oh, and my Trader Joe’s has both organic and conventional persian cukes!


  2. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    this looks excellent!


  3. Maria Tadic
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    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!


  4. Luv What You Do
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    The fattoush is my fave salad at our fave metiteranian place in town. I would love to make one for myself. This looks incredible!


  5. Mercedes
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    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!


  6. Jess
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    I will try this. Nothing about this salad not to like.

    Thanks for sharing it.


  7. erin
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    This looks heavenly! Love the addition of mint!


  8. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    This looks right up my alley! And I love to have found a recipe that actually includes za’atar–one of my favorite spices!


    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Apr 27, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      That is such a good point! I LOVE za’atar…but definitely don’t use it enough! If you have any other good ideas, let me know!


  9. Joe
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Looks great, thanks for sharing, gonna try this in future.


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