This delicious Middle Eastern fattoush salad has vegetables, fresh herbs, crispy pita bread, and a sumac dressing. Great as an appetizer or served with protein for a meal.
Salads! I’ve missed you! You may have read this in my first pregnancy update but I was not craving salads or fresh veggies during my first trimester. All I wanted was bread and pasta… basically, ALL THE CARBS to curb my nausea. But thankfully I’m over that and back to wanting fresh veggies including lots of salads again. Just in time for all the summer recipes!
What is Fattoush Salad?
Fattoush salad is a traditional Middle Eastern salad that originated in Syria. It’s typically made with fried pieces of flatbread, herbs, and vegetables (typically radishes cucumbers and tomatoes) all chopped and mixed together. The vegetables are usually chopped a bit larger than they are for tabbouleh, another popular Mediterranean salad.
Fattoush salad is typically tossed with a lemon and olive oil dressing that includes sumac, an essential Middle Eastern spice that has a tart flavor similar to lemon juice or vinegar. Ground sumac is made from reddish purple berries that are ground into a powder. It’s widely available at Middle Eastern markets, but you can also find it in the spice aisle of most larger grocery stores and on Amazon. I was able to find it at my local Whole Foods. Learn more about sumac here.
Fattoush is an awesome appetizer or side salad on its own, but it would be delicious with some grilled chicken, shrimp, tofu or tempeh to make it a full on meal-sized salad.
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