Filled with nutrients, and full of flavors, you must try this authentic Lebanese fattoush salad. You can never resist your cravings when you are served this delicious treat!
First, let’s agree that Lebanese Fattoush salad, is one of the most delicious salads that you will ever eat. Filled with nutrients, and full of flavors, you can never resist your cravings when you are served this delicious treat! No matter how many times we prepare Lebanese fattoush at home, we are never fed up with it. Putting the ingredients of this quick easy recipe together in no time is a joy by itself and we always serve it whenever we are looking for healthy dinner ideas for the family.
The combination of the range of chopped veggies, fresh herbs such as watercress and mint, the crispy pita bread tossed in sumac, and the delicious pomegranate dressing with its special ingredient, makes this authentic Lebanese fattoush recipe irresistible.
I take pride when I say that fattoush salad originates from the northern area of Lebanon, where I proudly come from. At earlier ages, people used to prepare their fattoush salad by chopping any season vegetables available and topping them with fried pita bread leftovers. Finally, add a tangy juicy sauce and serve.
Therefore, if you visit Lebanon and order a fattoush salad, you may find that a few ingredients may vary depending on the season. Although nowadays, some ingredients are imported and made available throughout the year.
So, an authentic Lebanese fattoush salad includes the following vegetables: tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, radish, onions, and pomegranate seeds.
It also includes the following herbs: mint, parsley, green onion, and watercress.
Along with all the above, it is served coated with a delicious tangy juicy dressing and topped with fried pita bread.
The dressing of a Lebanese fattoush salad is what makes this salad irresistible. However, there is a secret ingredient that I always add to this recipe which makes its dressing juicy and tangy at the same time:
– Olive oil: Please make sure to use extra virgin olive oil. It is the best.
– Lemon juice: Avoid using those bottled juices that you can find in the stores. Always opt for freshly squeezed lemon.
– Pomegranate molasses: I added an amount to the dressing, then drizzle a bit over the vegetables and pita bread.
– Sumac: for an added citrus flavor.
– Garlic: Freshly minced garlic not garlic powder.
– Apple cider vinegar, the secret ingredient: Believe it or not, a tsp of this vinegar will turn your salad into an iconic Lebanese fattoush.
Sure. You can chop the vegetables a day before and store them in the fridge in an air-tight container. It is preferably not to prepare the herbs ahead of time, nor chop onions. Onions will differ in texture and flavors while mint leaves will darken in color.
You can prepare the dressing ahead of time as well, but do not add it to the vegetables until it is serving time.
Both would work. You can deep fry the pita bread cuts or bake them. I love spraying olive oil and sprinkling sumac or zaatar over them then baking them in the oven for a healthier option.
Fattoush is a Lebanese mezze salad that is usually served next to shish tawook or grilled meat platter along with hummus, moutabbal, fries, and other mezze options.
You can serve it as well next to any Mediterranean dish of your choice.
Yes, you can. Although the flavor will not be the same.
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