A healthy Middle Eastern Salad with a light, lemony vinaigrette dressing. This salad mixes crisp romaine, fresh vegetables, pita chips and a light lemony sumac dressing and is great with fresh farmers market vegetables.
Growing up we ate a lot of Lebanese salads. My two favorites have always been Fattoush and tabbouleh. They are both very different from each other but they are full of flavor, packed with healthy ingredients and make a great lunch or addition to a dinner.
Fattoush has quickly grown to be my go-to salad when I am craving a vegetable packed bowl of salad. Fattoush mixes romaine lettuce, radish, tomatoes, cucumber and pita chips along with a lemony sumac dressing. I often will add grilled chicken or chickpeas for added protein. It also is a great summer salad to bring to a backyard bbq or summer party.
I especially like to make fattoush during the warmer months of the year when I can go to the farmers market and get a stash of fresh vegetables to use and I always finish the salad off with loads of fresh parsley and green onion.
A few things about fattoush:
Make your own pita chips if you can. They are so much fresher and crunchier when you make them yourself. You can bake your pita chips while you make the salad.
Make a double batch of the salad dressing and save it to use on other salads. This stuff is addicting. I think it might even make a great marinade for meat.
If you make this salad ahead of time, wait to add the pita chips and dressing until you are ready to eat the salad, otherwise it gets soggy.
Fattoush is a great use for extra pita bread. If you have a bag of pita about to go bad throw the pita in the oven and make this salad.
Fresh herbs take this salad to the next level. I especially love parsley, green onions and sometimes mint.
Other salads you might like: tabbouleh, zucchini chickpea quinoa salad, chopped chickpea salad, mediterranean chickpea salad with lemon dressing.