Fattoush (Middle Eastern Veggie Salad)


Okay, this isn’t the most authentic version of this salad, but it is delicious.  I’ve omitted the ingredients I don’t care for in the traditional recipe, so if you want a really authentic fattoush, recipezaar.com should have lots of them.  Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that adds a little fruity zing.  I actually keep it on hand just to use in this salad.  We love this salad and I usually make a big batch for us to enjoy for a few days.  I don’t always use the toasted pita crumbles, as they get too soggy in the leftovers.  You could simply keep the pita crumbles separate and just add to each serving as you eat them.

  • 2 Persian cucumbers or ½ of an English cucumber, diced (do not peel)
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large sprig fresh mint, minced fine or 1 tsp. dried mint
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried sumac, optional
  • 1 pita, toasted till crisp and dry, crumbled into crouton-sized bits, optional

In a medium bowl combine lemon juice, oil, mint, garlic, salt, pepper and sumac if using.  Taste dressing and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Add all the veggies and gently toss to combine.  Allow to stand at room temp 30 minutes or so for flavors to combine.  Gently toss in pita crumbles, if using, and serve immediately.

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  • sybaritica  On July 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Authentic or not, that looks pretty good. My wife loves Fatoush…. she’d enjoy this.


    • E H Whitesides  On July 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      I hope she does! : )


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