Fattoush {Middle Eastern Bread Salad}

Fattoush is the quintessential bread salad of the Middle East.

FattoushI heard someone say that the word fattoush sounds like, well, what we don’t want to see when looking at our backside in the mirror.  Isn’t that funny?  I never thought of it sounding like that. That’s probably because I know the arabic pronunciation of the word.

Click here if you want to hear the arabic pronunciation.

Fattoush, meaning crumbled is a simple salad full of fresh vegetables, herbs and crumbled in pieces of flat bread or pita, dressed with a zesty vinaigrette.  I added feta to this one ’cause, well, I can’t do without it.

FattoushMy guess is this salad was created when someone crumbled the bread in to give the salad some substance.  They had no idea how popular it would become.

In “those days” meat wasn’t available like it is today so they used bread as a filler. There are a number of Middle Eastern dishes that include crumbled bread as the base.  So good but so loaded with carbs.  To be eaten only when I can spend the next hour on the elliptical.

This salad is so fresh and healthy I think I actually feel better after eating it.  Because you know what?  See that bowl?  I ate it all.  Not in one sitting, but I kept going back to it throughout the day.  I couldn’t resist.  At least it wasn’t a quart of ice cream.

The za’atar vinaigrette is killer good too.  Za’atar is a warm nutty spice consisting of thyme, sesame seeds, cumin, sumac, oregano.  There are different versions of za’atar but so far the version I like best is this brand.  (they didn’t pay me to say that, I just like this brand).

FattoushBy the way, the reason you don’t see parsley is because  I forgot to add it in before taking the pictures!

It’s Spring.  Have a heaping helping of this fresh zesty salad today.

Fattoush {Middle Eastern Bread Salad}
  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 2 persian cucumbers sliced
  • ¼ cup parsley rough chopped
  • Sliced red onion to taste
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (or enough for your taste)
  • Pita bread or other flat bread toasted
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons za'atar
Make the vinaigrette
  1. Whisk together the salt, lemon juice and za'atar. Drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk the ingredients until incorporated.
Assemble the salad
  1. Place the lettuce in a large bowl
  2. Toss with the remaining ingredients
  3. Pour on enough vinaigrette to suit your taste
  4. Enjoy!


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19 thoughts on “Fattoush {Middle Eastern Bread Salad}

  1. Katerina

    You couldn’t find a better time to post this salad than now that temperatures have started climbing! And feta well i am biased since I am Greek but I love this thing!

  2. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I’ve never heard of fattoush before, Norma, but it looks so fresh and lovely. And what a great idea to add toasted flat bread! I’m in Greece and there is plenty of pitta bread here, so I should definitely give this a go. You said you speak Arabic. Where are your family from, Norma?

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