Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Fattoush is one of my all time favourite salads. I'd happily eat Lebanese food all day (often do) and a forkful of fattoush is a tart refreshing zing with every bite.

I first ate Fattoush at one of my favourite restaurants in Australia if not the planet Al Aseel in Sydney. There's a lot to miss about that place, and when I visit Sydney - it's literally the first place I go - even before friends and family (sorry guys!). Their Baba Ghanoush, Shangleesh Salad and especially Hummus are legendary!

Tabouli or Fattoush? Which is YOUR favourite?

Lebanese food is generally eaten as shared plates and accompanying any good spread is a salad. I'm not a big fan of Tabouli salad (I actually really hate it) - I much prefer fattoush - a melange of crunchy vegetables alongside crispy fried Lebanese bread and tossed in an INTENSE tart pomegranate molasses dressing. I find eating tabouli to be how I'd imagine munching through a bowl of grass - but each to their own I guess. Give me fattoush any day!

Pomegranate Paralysis

Amusingly, there's some kind of enzyme in pomegranate that causes a weird reaction on my tongue and gives me a slight mouth paralysis! Like a trooper, I'll push on and suffer for my salad because it's such a sweet, savoury and sour sensation (try saying that with tongue paralysis!).

Recipes differ from place to place, and I often change up the ingredients slightly depending on what's in the fridge, but so long as you keep the major ingredients the same, there's room for manoeuvre. Next time you're cooking up a Middle Eastern spread serve it with Fattoush as a must.

A perfect Lebanese Meal Plan

I don't really serve my Lebanese dinners as courses - I'll pretty much just serve everything savoury in one fell swoop in the centre of the table and let everyone share everything. If we have room, sweet things and coffee may be served later.

My Lebanese dinner will always include some variation of the following - why not give this a try for your next dinner get together?

Flatbreads, pickled turnip, carrots and cucumber.

Lebanese Olives

Lamb Kebabs or Lamb Kofta Kebabs (or both)

Shangleesh Salad

Toum (whipped garlic) - I wish I could successfully make this at home!

Hummus

Baba Ghanoush

Fattoush (recipe below)

Lebanese sweets and pastries + coffee (or more wine)

How to make my Fattoush Salad

Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Fattoush

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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 6
Calories (per serving) | 179

Ingredients

  • 2 lebanese flat-breads
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium Lebanese cucumber (seeded and cut into 2cm cubes)
  • 2 tomatoes (seeded and cut into 2cm cubes)
  • 8 red radishes (trimmed and cut into 2cm cubes)
  • 5 spring onions (cut into 2cm pieces)
  • 1 small red bell pepper/capsicum (cut into 2cm cubes)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cup Iceberg lettuce (torn into small pieces)
  • 1/2 fresh pomegranate (seeds of)
  • 1 sumac
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat until hot. Break up the bread into bite size pieces then fry in the oil both sides until crisp. Drain on paper towels and leave to cool completely. Discard the oil.
  • Combine all the vegetables and herbs in a large bowl and leave in fridge.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, molasses, extra virgin olive oil, sumac and salt. Just before serving, toss into the salad the bread pieces. Pour over the dressing and stir well. Serve immediately otherwise the bread will lose its crunch. Serve alongside pretty much anything! Seriously!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Fattoush
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 311mg14%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1816IU36%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine | Lebanese
Keyword | Bread
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