Fattoush Salad

I’ve been hitting the farmers market like it’s my job. Well, I guess it is my job. But let’s move past that. In my quest to bring you the most awesome and healthy California inspired eats, I made you a Fattoush Salad.

Fattoush Salad - One of my all time favorite salads with the best dressing ever!

Fattoush has got to be one of my top 10 favorite words of all times. It’s just fun to say. And it’s even better to eat. It’s also not really Californian, but I’ve put my spin on it to bring it some CA flair! At it’s core, the Fattoush Salad is a Lebanese Salad with tons of fresh vegetables, herbs and toasted pita. Similar to a greek salad, but different. And awesome. It also has the most fantastic sumac dressing of all times. Sumac is a little tough to find, but not to fear, I’ve done the work for you and you can order it from this awesome spice store here in LA. Or you could pick it up at your local spice store – they are bound to have it! It’s all the rage right now.

Besides the lovely sweet and sour flavor that the sumac brings to this salad, it’s loaded to the brim with produce that is going berserk at the farmers markets these days.

Last week I headed down to Santa Monica, (on my bike, because I’m still not driving my car) and loaded up on all the ingredients needed to make a killer Fattoush. I loaded up on fresh mint, cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, scallions, baby lettuce, parsley and fresh pita from the Pita Man who gives me obscene amounts of samples on a weekly basis. Thank you Mr. Pita Man!

Fattoush Salad - this one is loaded with tons of fresh mint!

After making the trek back to my apartment, I chopped away and made myself a GIANT Fattoush Salad to celebrate. It was a tough ride up the hill and I needed some nourishment.

Fattoush Salad loaded with sweet cherry tomatoes from the farmers market

It’s was glorious. One of those salads where you just keep picking at it even after you’ve already had 3 helpings, and you just can’t seem to stop. Each bite is better than the next, and the crunch from the freshly toasted pita is pretty spectacular. Especially when doused in the sumac dressing. I made it again that night for a little impromptu dinner party when one of my best friends flew in from Denver for the night. We all gobbled it up and went to bed happy!

Have I convinced you yet? This one is not to be missed!

Fattoush Salad

Ingredients

    For the Salad
  • 1 pita pocket, ripped into pieces
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1 head baby lettuce, romaine, butter whatever is available
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 Persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves,
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • For the Sumac Dressing
  • 4 teaspoons ground sumac, soaked in 4 teaspoons warm water for 15 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss the ripped pita with the olive oil and sumac and scatter in an even layer on a small baking sheet. Place into the oven and toast for 10-15 minutes until the pita is crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl toss together the lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and parsley.
  4. In another smaller bowl, water with soaked sumac, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Whisk to combine and season with salt as needed.
  5. Combine the dressing with the salad and gently combine until lightly dressed. Sprinkle the top of the salad with the toasted pita and serve immediately.
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16 thoughts on “Fattoush Salad

  1. So fresh and pretty! I am so jealous of your famers market. Mine is the lamest thing you can imagine. Think no figs and no pretty heirlooms tomatoes all summer long! I love all the veggies, them min and that awesome dressing! Have to make this over the weekend!

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