Fattoush Salad

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This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

A few weeks ago, my friends Michelle and Rachel randomly texted on Thursday afternoon and said that they were in my neighborhood just a few blocks away, and wondered if I wanted to grab a spontaneous lunch together in like…5 minutes.  ;)

It was one of those days when I had a list a mile long to finish up, and I was in “go-mode” trying to check-check-check things off the list.  But, I happened to be free at that very second, and I also happened to be very hungry, and I also happened to be long-overdue for a good catch-up with these two.  So I closed up my laptop and hopped across the street to this little Mediterranean place to meet them…and I’m so happy I did.

Because I forget how much I love taking lunch breaks with friends!!!  I know that’s what most of the world does each day with co-workers, and I totally used to be in that rhythm back when I had my office job.  But ever since I started been working from home, I’ve gotten in the habit of usually just grazing on a snack lunch while I’m working, and rarely stop to actually eat a meal at the table.  But, whenever I slip out with friends and enjoy a legit “break” over the lunch hour, I’m reminded of how nice it is to break up the workday that way.  Even if it’s just catching up with friends for 45 minutes over falafel and kabobs and salad before we all hustle back to our jobs, those brief moments to connect are good and energizing for my little heart.

Anyway, the random highlight of my lunch that day was actually this killer fattoush salad that came as a side with my entree, which reminded me that it had been forever since I made my own fattoush salad recipe that I really love.  So the next day, I whipped up a big batch of it for lunch, and then saved some of the dressing and had it again for dinner.  And then I was still craving it later that week, so I decided to re-photograph it for the blog to have an excuse to make it yet again.

And I’m tellin’ ya, this salad has a way of getting better and better every time.

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

I actually first shared my fattoush salad recipe on the blog way back in 2010 (there’s the photo above!).

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

And today, it’s still one of my all-time faves.  I mean — with tons of fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, crisp red onions, toasted pita bread, crunchy cucumbers, a zesty lemon dressing — who wouldn’t love this classic salad?!

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

I’m also a big fan of it because it’s quick and easy to make year-round.  Just toss all of your ingredients in a bowl…

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

…whip up that classic lemon dressing (with sumac, which you may need to add to your grocery list if you don’t already have it!)…

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

…give it all a good toss…This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

…and in less than 20 minutes, this gorgeous fresh salad will be yours to enjoy.

Feel free to toast up your own pita to make those crispy pita chips, or save a step and buy them store-bought.  I also like tossing in some sliced radishes and feta to kick up the flavor, but the classic version below is plenty delicious on its own.

This classic Fattoush Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and made with a zesty lemon dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com

So cheers to good salads, and good people to enjoy them with (especially on a lunch break).  ;)

Fattoush Salad

This Lebanese Fattoush Salad recipe is a delicious combination of fresh veggies, a bright citrus dressing, flavorful herbs and toasted pita bread.

Ingredients:

Fattoush Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly-sliced
  • half a small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 2 cups pita chips, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely-chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup coarsely-chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (leaves only, no stems)
  • 1 batch lemon dressing (see below)
  • toppings: ground sumac and freshly-ground black pepper

Lemon Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced (or pressed)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • (optional: 2-3 teaspoons honey, if you'd like a sweeter dressing)

Directions:

To Make The Fattoush Salad:

  1. Add the lettuce, cucumber, pita chips, tomatoes, mint, parsley and green onions together in a large bowl.  Drizzle with the lemon dressing, and toss until evenly combined.
  2. Serve immediately, garnished with an extra sprinkle of ground sumac and some freshly-ground black pepper.

To Make The Lemon Dressing:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.  (Whisk in the honey, to taste, if you'd like a sweeter dressing.)

Recipe updated August 2016.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — July 12, 2010 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    I LOVE fattoush–a while ago I made a slight variation of your recipe, which also looks awesome. (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/05/grilled-fattoush.html) This is seriously the perfect summer salad!

  2. Julie — July 12, 2010 @ 12:46 pm (#)

    i can’t wait to try this! i think tomorrow will be perfect! i can’t wait!

  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 13, 2010 @ 10:48 am (#)

    I love those big, chunky vegetables and cut-up pita. This looks like a delicious salad, even though salad is not among my favorite dishes ;) Thanks for sharing, Ali!

  4. Pat Athanas — July 14, 2010 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Ali, Your Dad told me today you were in Hyde park at the CIA, and told me about your blog so i checked it out , this salad looks delicious i will have to try it. It looks like you had a great time in Hyde Park, to bad you couldn’t have visited my shop your Mothers designs are a big seller in my shop , only 10 minutes from CIA. I will keeep looking at your blog it is very interesting.

  5. bobbinis-kitchen.com — July 15, 2010 @ 12:26 am (#)

    An interesting, oriental recipe.
    I like the intense flavours in the dressing.
    Thank you for posting.

  6. ali — July 16, 2010 @ 9:48 pm (#)

    I completely agree, Natalie! :) Love your post!!

  7. ali — July 16, 2010 @ 9:49 pm (#)

    Hi Pat,

    Sorry to have missed you while I was in Hyde Park. I absolutely loved the area — what a beautiful place to live!! :) Thanks for tuning into the blog, and if I ever get the chance to return to the CIA, would love to pop in and say hi!

    ~A

  8. Olga — August 20, 2010 @ 4:10 pm (#)

    Ali, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve included your recipe in the Vegetarian Ramadan round-up on my blog – hope you’ll find it interesting to check out the rest here here. Have a great weekend)

  9. Sadie — July 6, 2015 @ 12:31 am (#)

    Sumac is a traditional spice in this and I think you’d enjoy it, that is if you can find it- damn hard to find sometimes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Hey Sadie, that’s great to know, thank you for sharing!

  10. Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor — August 10, 2016 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Fattoush is one of my favourite recipes…I tend to even use it as a condiment or top it with chicken! Perfect summer meal!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 11th, 2016 @ 9:31 am

      Yes, we totally agree Taylor! :)

  11. Misty — August 10, 2016 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    This sounds delicious, Ali! I just ordered ground sumac from Amazon so I can make it. What do you think about adding chickpeas for some protein? Or chicken breast?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 11th, 2016 @ 9:30 am

      Thanks Misty — we hope you enjoy this! And we definitely think chickpeas and/or chicken breast would be awesome additions!

  12. Alice Harris — August 10, 2016 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    OMG! Your photography is so splendid, I wanted to dive in and SWIM in that salad!!!! I’ll be making it soon!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 11th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

      Thanks for your sweet words, Alice! We hope you love the salad!

  13. Karen — August 17, 2016 @ 10:35 am (#)

    A great salad. The dressing is amazing! Thanks for introducing me to ground sumac! Loved the flavor it adds. I did find the sumac at Penzey’s. 

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