The first time I had fattoush was in a Lebanese restaurant. Fattoush is a Lebanese popular salad that has as many versions as there are cooks. It’s normally made with fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs that are tossed with bits of crunchy toasted pita bread. What makes fattoush salad so unique and delicious is the addition of sumac and pomegranate molasses to the dressing.
The version I had consisted of Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, green bell pepper, radishes, parsley and toasted wheat pita bread. The dressing was made of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and sumac. Whenever I try something new that I like at a restaurant, I take a mental note of the ingredients and sometimes even take photos of it and try to recreate the recipe at home.
All the ingredients for this salad are readily available at most supermarkets or farmers markets. Make sure to use Persian cucumbers which are small seedless cucumbers with thin and tender skin. If you can’t find them, use seedless English cucumber.
Chop all the ingredients and add them to a bowl.
Sumac is the deep red berries of a wild bush native to the Middle East. The berries are dried and ground into coarse powder and range in color from reddish brown to dark red burgundy. Sumac has a tangy lemony flavor and is used in dry rubs, marinades and dressing.
Make the salad dressing by whisking extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper and sumac in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine the ingredients. Sprinkle sumac over the salad before serving (optional). I made my salad without pita bread to keep it gluten free.
Lebanese Fattoush Salad
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 0 hr
Ready in: 15 mins
Yields: 4 servings
5 Persian cucumbers or 1 English cucumber chopped
2 large roman tomatoes chopped
1/4 of a small red onion sliced
1/2 small green bell pepper sliced
5 to 6 medium radishes sliced
1 cup fresh parsley leaves chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 1/4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground sumac
- Add all the salad ingredients to a bowl.
- Whisk the ingredients for dressing.
- Pour dressing over the salad. Mix to combine the ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning.