By Food E Fare

Fattoush is a popular Middle Eastern salad that is known for its refreshing and vibrant flavors. It is a versatile dish that includes a mix of fresh vegetables, herbs, and crispy pieces of toasted or fried flatbread. Fattoush is often seasoned with a tangy dressing made with olive oil and sumac, giving it a distinctive and zesty taste. Here's a basic recipe for Fattoush:


For the Salad:

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce or mixed salad greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup crispy pieces of toasted or fried flatbread (pita or Lebanese bread)

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac (a tangy Middle Eastern spice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Salad:

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, radishes, chopped lettuce or salad greens, mint, and parsley.

Prepare the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, ground sumac, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Assemble the Fattoush:

  • Just before serving, add the crispy pieces of toasted or fried flatbread to the salad. The flatbread should be broken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything together gently, ensuring that the dressing coats the vegetables and bread evenly.


  • Serve Fattoush immediately, allowing the bread to maintain its crispiness. The combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, and the tangy dressing creates a delicious and satisfying salad.


Some variations of Fattoush include the addition of other ingredients such as pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, or olives for extra flavor.

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