Fattoush salad with pita chips
Fattoush salad with pita chips is more common in the Middle East. Really just a simple chopped lettuce in a refreshing lemon vinaigrette. Homemade pita chips serve as croutons at Fattoush!
What is Fattoush?
Besides tabbouleh, fattush is another popular Lebanese salad dish. Fattousch, however, is prepared with fried or fried thin flatbread, which is broken into pieces. The small pieces take on the role of croutons, making the salad crunchy and crunchy. We would call Fattoush a bread salad. Lebanese farmers would take leftover pita or flatbread tossed in a little olive oil, adding extra flavor to their salad. They tossed the pita chips into this salad along with fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs.
Fattush ingredient lists vary in different regions and seasons. The basic recipe for Fattoush, if you order the salad at a local restaurant, will likely be: cucumber, tomato, green lettuce, spicy radishes, and scallions. Add parsley and/or mint as fresh herbs. A simple savory and refreshing vinaigrette, with a generous sprinkling of sumac spice, gives Fattush its distinctly complex flavor.
Tips for making Fattoush
As with any fresh salad, Fattusch is the sum of its ingredients. Here are just a few tips:
- Start by choosing the best produce, ripe tomatoes, freshly picked herbs, etc.
- Omitting sumac would be a mistake because it is a special spice made from ground sumac berries and its tart flavor is very difficult to substitute
- Use the best extra virgin olive oil you can find. The peppery, fruity taste is essential here.
- Finally, remember that this is a basic fattoush recipe. If you like, try your own variations by adding seasonal vegetables and herbs. Try bringing in more herbs or garlic. And if you have pomegranate molasses, you can spice up the vinaigrette with 1 teaspoon.
if you like mujadara, you might also be interested in these dishes:
- Falafel recipe to take home
- quick radish pickles
- Summer panzanella salad
- Spelled barley salad with vegetables
- Falafel bowl with orange and herb couscous
Fattoush salad with toasted pita chips
for the fattoush salad:
- 1 romaine lettuce
- 1 cucumber or mini cucumber
- 1 Red onion
- 250 G cherry tomatoes
- 1 small bunch of mint
- 4-6 radish
- 4 Pita bread*
- ground sumac*
- Pepper* from the mill
for the lemon dressing you will need:
- 30 ml native olive oil*
- 25 ml lemon juice
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp Sea-salt*
- 1 tsp ground sumac*
- 2-3 tsp agave syrup*
Prepare Lemon Dressing:
- Peel and finely chop or grate the garlic.
- Whisk all the ingredients together vigorously in a small bowl (or shake well in a jar). Set aside for later.
Prepare the salad:
- Wash all vegetables and drain well.
- Cut romaine into strips or bite-sized pieces.
- Cut the cucumber into thin slices.
- Chop red onions, cut in half and thinly slice.
- Also cut the radishes into thin slices.
- Pluck the mint from the stems and roughly chop.
- Halve the cherry tomatoes and quarter the large ones.
- For the pita chips, cut the pita bread into bite-sized pieces. Mix it with a few dashes of olive oil, salt and pepper. Then bake in the oven at 200 °C for about 10 minutes until golden and crispy.
- In a large bowl, combine the romaine, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, radishes, mint and half the pita chips. Drizzle with the lemon dressing.
- Serve the salad topped with the remaining pita chips, plus a sprinkling of sumac and freshly ground black pepper.