If you’ve never enjoyed a Fattoush Salad before, you’re in for a real treat! This easy recipe is a staple in many Middle Eastern kitchens, and for good reason – it’s delicious! A tossed salad is all dressed up with a medley of fresh veggies and it’s all tossed in an incredibly mouthwatering homemade dressing. This isn’t your average chopped salad… it’s better!
Here’s the thing – I’m not ever going to recommend a salad (let alone eat one) that’s not loaded with flavor! When I need to meet my veggie quota for the day, I like to do so with plenty of bold ingredients that make the veggies irresistible, that’s exactly what the dressing in this recipe does.
This easy dressing recipe features bold ingredients like pomegranate molasses, honey, sumac, and SO much more! Is it unique? Yes. Is it completely mind blowing? Also yes!
Besides the incredible dressing, the salad itself is also pretty memorable. Romain lettuce serves as the base and gets all dressed up with fresh veggies like grape tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, radishes, and plenty of other nutritious add ins.
One of the best things about making Fattoush Salad is the wide array of veggies you get in each bite! It definitely beats out the salads that are just lettuce and dressing, that’s for sure. With Fattoush salad, you get a lot of different flavor, textures, and nutrients.
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Fattoush Salad is a wonderful midday lunch or as a side salad at dinner. I also love bringing it to potlucks and parties to really impress my friends with the amazing flavor of this easy to make salad!
How to Make It
Combine the veggies. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, and onions.
Make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, molasses, honey, sumac, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
Toss the salad. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with pita chips.
Add the aromatics. Sprinkle with parsley, mint and more sumac, if desired.
Enjoy! Serve your Fattoush Salad immediately, and enjoy!
Ingredients Notes for Fattoush Salad
- Sumac – Sumac is a spice that has a notable red pigment to it. So notable, in fact, that sumac is also used in dyes sometimes! The flavor of sumac is tangy, pungent, and can definitely be described as sour. If you absolutely have to substitute it with something, lemon zest works. However, I definitely recommend getting your hands on sumac – it does wonders for the dressing!
- Pomegranate Molasses – You should be able to find pomegranate molasses in most grocery stores. If you’re having a hard time, try locating it online. Whatever you do, don’t make this salad dressing without it! Oh, and if you have any leftover pomegranate molasses, you can use it in so many different ways. It’s great to always have a bottle of it handy.
- Herbs – Make sure the parsley and mint are both fresh. This is very important! Dried herbs won’t deliver the same aromatic qualities we’re looking for.
- Persian Cucumber – You can swap this for another type of cucumber if you’d like. Persian cucumbers are preferred, though, because they’re crisp and not as watery as other cucumbers. No matter which cucumbers you use, make sure they have their seeds removed.
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Get the Recipe: Fattoush Salad
- 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 Persian cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced
- 1 1/2 cups sliced radish
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 2 cups pita chips
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, stems removed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Zest and juice of 2 limes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- serving bowl
- In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radish and onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, molasses, honey, sumac, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and top with pita chips.
- Sprinkle with parsley, mint and more sumac, if desired.
- Serve immediately.