Fattoush Bread Salad

Easy Middle Eastern fattoush! Crispy pita chips, fresh vegetables, and a tangy dressing. 30 minutes.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

For the pita chips:

  • 2 rounds pita bread (8- to 12-inches)
  • Olive oil (for toasting the pita)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 4 Persian, pickling, or other small cucumbers, thinly sliced (or 1 English cucumber, trimmed, halved vertically, and thinly sliced)
  • 4 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, white and light green parts

For the dressing:

  • Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Large handful fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Large handful fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

Method

1 Prepare pita chips: Set the oven to 375F. With kitchen shears, cut the pita round into 1-inch pieces. In a bowl, sprinkle the pita with just enough olive oil so a drop lands on each piece. Toss well. Sprinkle with salt and toss again.

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2 Toast the pita chips: Spread the pieces out on a rimmed baking sheet. It's fine if the pieces overlap or cluster together. Bake for 2 minutes, then toss the chips. Bake another 2 minutes and toss again. Remove any pieces that are starting to look crisp and golden. Continue baking another 1 to 2 minutes until all the pieces are crisp and golden. Set aside to cool.

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3 Prepare the vegetables: In a large bowl combine the cucumbers, radishes, large and cherry tomatoes, scallions, and red onion.

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4 Dress the salad just before serving: Sprinkle the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper over the vegetables and toss gently but thoroughly. Add the mint and parsley and toss again. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Add the pita chips and toss gently to avoid crushing them. Serve immediately.

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Comments

  • 2pots2cook

    Wow ! This salad is very inviting. Definitely on my to do list ! Thank you for sharing it

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    This recipe reminds me a little of “Panzanella” a Tuscan dish with stale bread and fresh vegetables.
    I love the pita bread chips. Preparing the bread this way must add so much flavour to it. A beautiful and delicious recipe indeed. Thank you Sheryl.

  • Mirella

    We only tried that one on a Lebanese restaurant last year and tasted amazing! We’re really anxious to try your version ASAP! Thank you!

  • tasteofbeirut

    You have omitted the two most important elements of fattoush: Purslane and sumac. Purslane is essential in this salad, as it grows wild everywhere, even in the US. In Lebanon it is also used interchangeably with spinach. Sumac is also the one spice that is a must in fattoush. In Lebanon, it grows wild and its lemony taste made its use prevalent in the mountains where citrus does not grow. In addition, many people use pomegranate molasses in lieu or in addition to lemon juice for the same reason.

    • Sheryl Julian

      Hello Taste of Beirut,

      I love sumac so much I keep it in a little dish next to my oil and vinegar on my kitchen counter! And purslane grows in my garden, a gift from the heavens (I didn’t plant it). And of course you should use both, if you have them. Thanks for writing.

  • Carol C

    I wondered about the scallions as I noticed them on top of the salad in the bowl under step 3. I didn’t remember seeing any in the ingredients list. That caught my eye as I love them and think they would make a great addition to the salad. Maybe 1/4 cup? Can’t tell in the small photo. Definitely want to try this. I’ve never eaten but have heard of this type salad.

  • J nelson

    Sure looks like scallions in pictures 3 to on top in middle with green tops