Fattoush salad is a vibrant, fresh, and healthy dish originating from the Levant region of the Middle East. Known for its colorful array of vegetables, herbs, and crispy pita bread, it’s a staple in many households and a favorite among salad enthusiasts. Perfect for a light lunch or a side dish, fattoush is not only delicious but also a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.

fattoush salad


Here’s what you’ll need to create this delightful salad:

  • Vegetables and Herbs:
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5-6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Pita Bread:
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads, toasted and broken into bite-sized pieces
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Variations in Dietary Preferences

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute the pita bread with gluten-free crackers or omit it entirely.
  • For added protein, include chickpeas or grilled chicken.

Preparation Steps

Step 1: Prepare the Dressing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, sumac, and minced garlic.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 2: Toast the Pita Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cut the pita bread into small triangles and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they are golden and crispy. Allow to cool before adding to the salad.

Step 3: Chop and Prepare the Vegetables and Herbs

  1. Chop the cucumber, tomatoes, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and radishes into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Chop the green onions, parsley, and mint leaves finely.
  3. Combine all the vegetables and herbs in a large salad bowl.


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Pour the prepared dressing over the chopped vegetables and herbs.
  2. Toss to coat everything evenly.
  3. Just before serving, add the toasted pita bread pieces to maintain their crunch.
  4. Gently toss again to mix the pita with the rest of the ingredients.

Serving Suggestions

  • Optional Additions:
  • Add a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese for extra flavor.
  • Top with pomegranate seeds for a touch of sweetness.
  • Complete Meal Ideas:
  • Serve alongside grilled chicken or lamb for a hearty meal.
  • Pair with a bowl of creamy hummus and warm pita bread on the side.


Fattoush salad is a versatile and delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables in a nutritious meal. Feel free to experiment with different variations and make it your own. We’d love to see your creations – share your fattoush salad photos and experiences with us!

Happy cooking!

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