Fattoush salad


Try adding chickpeas, lentils or white beans for extra protein.

I was wondering whether to publish this recipe, because the fattoush salad is well known and popular, but it is so tasty and so easy to make that I decided to share the recipe after all.
This classic Middle Eastern salad is one of my all-time favorites! It’s fresh and very satisfying. There are no strict rules when it comes to the vegetables used in the salad therefore it’s a great base recipe that you can build upon.

Usual ingredients used to prepare fattoush:

  • Lettuce – I like to use romaine but any kind of salad greens will do
  • Cucumbers – are a key ingredient in this salad. Any cucumbers work [ I use Polish ones ] but Persian are the most popular
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • You can add radishes, peppers, mint, coriander … or even chickpeas or white beans for extra protein.

    vegan fattoush salad
    To prepare fattoush, you will need sumac, a spice that is very popular in Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian, Iranian and Sicilian cuisines. You can find it in better-stocked supermarkets and online.
    It has a pleasant tart, tangy taste with a hint of citrus fruitiness. Sumac perfectly brings out and emphasizes the taste of dishes prepared with it!
    Try it with roasted vegetables, tofu, add it to soups, stews, dressings, sauces and even fruit! It’s one of the versatile spices really worth having in the kitchen.
    However, if you do not have access to it, don’t worry, you can prepare fattoush without it. Maybe it won’t be a traditional version but just as tasty!

    What to serve the fattoush salad with?

    Salad makes an amazing lunch dish by itself but you can serve it as a side dish too. Try to pair it with:
    Thick lentil soup
    Vegan meatballs baked in tomato sauce
    Cauliflower baked in vegetable sauce

    Fattoush salad

    Servings 2 servings
    Prep Time 15 mins
    Total Time 15 mins


    • 1 large bowl


    • 1 head romaine salad cut into large chunks
    • 1 small red onion diced
    • 4 persian or pickling cucumbers
    • 2 tomatoes
    • 1 sprig fresh mint
    • 1 handful parsley chopped


    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp sumak spice
    • 1 tsp white wine or apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses can be replaced by agave syrup
    • salt to taste
    • 2 pita breads or lebanese flatbread roasted


    • Start by preparing the dressing - combine sumac with lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, molasses and garlic - set aside
    • Place peeled and chopped cucumbers in a large bowl, add chopped tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, chopped parsley and fresh mint
    • Add dressing, season with salt and toss to combine
    • If you're using pita bread - tear it into small chunks and combine with the salad.
      I like to place the salad on top of the Lebanese flatbread


    Try adding chickpeas, lentils or white beans for extra protein
    Nutritional value - portion [ without bread - see info on the packaging]
    Energy value 217 kcal | Carbohydrates 26 g | Protein 7 g | Fat 11 g | Fiber 8 g
    Course: Salad
    Keyword: healthy, Quick & Easy

    fattoush salad recipe

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