If you’re a fan of fresh, vibrant salads that are packed with flavor, you have to try the Lebanese Fattoush Salad. Tossed pita bread, crisp vegetables, fragrant herbs, and a tangy dressing come together in a refreshing and traditional Lebanese salad. Because of the perfect equilibrium of its flavors and textures, Fattoush Salad is a delicious and healthy accompaniment to any meal. It’s also a treat for the eyes.
I cannot stress enough how much I love Lebanese cuisine. And they have many vegan food alternatives. Nevertheless, we are culturally almost the same. However, there are a few things I discovered when I came to Dubai. And I will be sharing them with you, too. For now, let’s get to the Fattoush recipe.
INGREDIENTS (150Kcal per serving) – ideal for 2 persons:
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1/2 bunch corn salad, only the leaves
- 1/2 bunch green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 2-3 medium cucumbers, sliced into cubes
- 2-3 medium tomatoes, sliced into cubes
- 1/2 bunch of small radishes or 1 big radish, sliced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
For the dressing:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp sumac
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Fried croutons from Arabic bread
- Prepare the salad ingredients: To prepare the salad, put the diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, radishes, parsley, mint, and purslane leaves (if using) in a sizable salad bowl. To ensure that the vegetables are uniformly distributed, lightly toss them.
- Toast the pita bread: Toasted pita bread requires a 350°F (175°C) oven. Spread the shredded pita bread out on a baking pan. They should be baked for about 10 minutes, or until crispy and golden. Take out of the oven, then place aside.
- Get the dressing ready: Extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sumac, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper should all be thoroughly mixed in a small bowl. Sumac, a common Middle Eastern spice, gives the dressing a tangy, lemony flavor. In the event that you don’t have sumac, the dressing will still be excellent.
- Combine the salad and dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to ensure all the vegetables are coated with the dressing. To allow the flavors to mingle, let the salad sit for a few minutes.
- Add the toasted pita bread: Add the toasted pita bread to the salad and gently toss to incorporate just before serving. The salad gets a lovely crunch from the crispy pita bread.
- Prepare and eat: The Fattoush Salad should be transferred to a serving dish or individual plates. Serve it right away and savor the explosion of tastes and textures that this Lebanese delicacy gives; it is best savored fresh.
Tips and Variations:
- Sumac substitute: If you don’t have any Sumac on hand, you may make a comparable sour flavor by combining some lemon zest and paprika.
- The versatility of the fattoush salad allows you to add or change components according to your preferences. To enhance the flavors even further, think about including things like feta cheese crumbles, sliced avocado, or pomegranate seeds.
- Avoid letting the pita bread soak in the dressing for too long; this will prevent the bread from losing its crunch. For best texture preservation, add it right before serving.
The Lebanese Fattoush Salad is a culinary masterpiece that perfectly encapsulates the tastes and textures of the Middle East. This salad is a treat for the eyes and palate and a nutritious addition to any meal thanks to its vivid colors, fragrant herbs, and zesty dressing. The Fattoush Salad will satisfy your needs and leave you wanting more whether you enjoy Lebanese food or are just looking for a light and healthy salad.