Mediterranean-Style Fattoush Salad

If you like panzanella, then you’re going to want to get to know fattoush.  Its fresh and light and loaded with flavors.  Now before we get started, you should know that this salad is “inspired by” authentic fattoush, but it’s not a Lebanese grandmother’s straight-from-the-motherland recipe.  This fattoush salad recipe uses ingredients most people might have in their fridge and pantry.  Mediterranean-Style Fattoush Salad is an easy vegetarian meal or side dish.

Toasting the pita bread.

How To Make Fattoush

Fattoush is a Lebanese bread salad, usually made with toasted or fried Arabic flat bread.  It’s tossed with Sumac or Za’atar (a blend of Sumac, sesame seeds and salt.) Of course,  I had neither of those ingredients in my pantry {rolling-eyes emoji}, however, I had pita bread, green and yellow zucchini, eggplant, onions, chick peas and other Mediterranean-style ingredients.  Rather than go with the real thing, I made-do with what I had.  Instead of Sumac or  Za’atar, I used  fresh thyme and rosemary to flavor the pita.

Roasting the eggplant, zucchini and chickpeas on a baking sheet.

How To Make Roasted Vegetables For Fattoush

About the eggplant…  I’m not usually a fan, but I make an exception here.  In my opinion, the best way to cook eggplant is to either roast or grill it.  And the roasted eggplant in this dish melds perfectly with the other flavors without seeming too spongy.  Dried fennel seed and crushed red pepper flakes bring more flavor to the vegetable medley along with fresh herbs.

To make the roasted vegetables:

  1. Cut them into roughly equal sized pieces and toss with olive oil, the crushed spices and chopped fresh herbs.
  2. Lay them in a single layer on a large sheet pan.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Flip vegetables with a spatula.
  5. Continue to roast an additional 10-15 minutes until tender and golden.
Flipping the vegetables on the roasting pan.

If you prefer your bell peppers without the papery skin, like I do, then roast them separately, whole in the oven and let ’em cool in a bowl, covered tightly with plastic wrap.  When the bell pepper has cooled, the skins slip right off the flesh.  Discard the seeds and stem, chop the peppers and set aside.

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Adding the roasted red peppers artichokes, tomatoes, capers and olives to a bowl.

While the vegetables are roasting, combine the other ingredients in a large bowl. I used both fresh and canned vegetables that I had on hand for this salad. Garden fresh tomatoes, artichoke bottoms (they’re even more tender than artichoke hearts), kalamata olives and capers. When the roasted vegetables have cooled slightly, add them to the tomato mixture.

Adding the roasted vegetables to the fresh veg.

A simple, light lemon and herb vinaigrette unifies the ingredients into a harmonious bite. This is my standard dressing recipe with lots of lemon zest and juice, garlic and punchy dijon mustard.

Stirring in the cheese and torn toasted pita bread.

You can make the salad to this point and save it until you’re ready to serve.  The last components are the crispy pita chips,  lettuce and cheese.  They add texture, heartiness and depth to this Mediterranean-Style Fattoush Salad.

Adding fresh lettuce to the fattoush salad.

I used romaine lettuce for this, but any crisp green would work.  I also like a little cheese in this salad and opt for feta first, but if you don’t have that, fresh mozzarella chunks would be nice too.  If you want a vegan salad, skip the cheese.

A serving of fattoush on a white plate.

This is a yummy springtime or summer dish with a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc or sparkling rose.  If you’re serving it as a side dish, a good main course would be grilled lamb chops or seafood.

A bowl of fattoush with serving utensils.

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Serving a plate of fattoush.
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Mediterranean Fattoush

This recipe blends my two favorite salad styles — panzanella with fattoush.  Instead of bread normally called for in panzanella, I use whole wheat pita pockets and crisp them with herbs in the oven.  The crispy pita soaks up a lemony dressing and bites of roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella round out the dish
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword bread salad, fattoush, kalamata olives, pita, salad, tomatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

INGREDIENTS:

For The Pita:

  • 2 6″ whole wheat pita pockets (can use plain white pita as well)
  • pump spray olive oil or 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  • sprinkle kosher salt
  • sprinkle black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary finely chopped

For The Salad:

  • 2 cups diced eggplant
  • 2 medium zucchini diced (I used one green and one yellow zucchini)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 8 ounce can chick peas rinsed, drained & pat dry with paper towels
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed crushed in a mortar and pestle
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme chopped
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large tomato seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives seeded, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces artichoke hearts or artichoke bottoms chopped
  • 1 roasted bell pepper seeded, skinned, diced – from a jar or roast your own.
  • 2 cups romaine or other crispy lettuce
  • 8 ounces fresh feta or mozzarella diced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • ¼-⅓ cup lemon vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.  
  • Cut the pita bread in half and split the pockets open.  Lay the pita on a baking sheet and spray or brush lightly with olive oil.  Sprinkle the salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary over the pita and bake for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  • On another baking sheet, combine the eggplant, zucchini, onion and chickpeas. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with fennel, red pepper flakes, thyme and rosemary.  Use your hands to toss well to coat the vegetables with herbs and spice.  Spread out into a single layer and roast for 15 minutes. Flip the vegetables with a spatula and continue to roast for 10-15 minutes or until tender.  Let cool for a few minutes before adding to the salad.
  • While vegetables are roasting, make the dressing: In a small bowl combine the lemon zest, garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil kosher salt and pepper.  Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the diced tomato, capers, artichokes, roasted bell pepper and kalamata olives.  Add the roasted vegetables and toss to combine.  
  • Break the crispy pita into bite-sized pieces and add to the vegetable mixture. Add the lettuce, feta and parsley.  Start with three tablespoons of the lemon vinaigrette, drizzle the dressing over the salad, and toss to coat. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time if it needs more dressing. The fattoush should be well-seasoned but not soupy. Serve.

NOTES:

To roast your own bell pepper: Place the pepper on a baking sheet and roast in a hot 350-375° oven for 25-35 minutes.  Transfer pepper to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Let the pepper rest until it’s cool enough to handle.  Remove the skin, stem and seeds and cut or dice for your recipe.

NUTRITION:

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2995IU | Vitamin C: 34.3mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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29 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ha I love your ‘but it’s not from a Lebanese Grandmother’s kitchen…’ comment. My hubby is Lebanese, and EVERY single time I make something remotely Lebanese I get the ‘that’s not the way my Grandma made it’ comment 🙂 Newsflash: I am not your Grandma! This sounds like a delicious inspired recipe 🙂

    1. I like your newsflash! — we can never make it as good as grandmother’s recipe — so why try? Just make it your own.

  2. 5 stars
    This salad looks absolutely wonderful! So many textures and flavors going on, and I’m a sucker for feta in a salad. I like your idea for pairing it with grilled lamb chops as well!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this, Fattoush is always a favourite here. Love that yours is so substantial and all those wonderful summery light flavours too. Can’t wait to make it!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh this looks amazing. I can picture every bite having its own character. I do the same thing, trying to cook from my pantry, it’s amazing how well this works. If I were to save this for a few days, what do you suggest I keep separate and only mix at serving time? I’m think the pita and dressing.

    1. Definitely the pita and dressing and perhaps the lettuce as well — so it doesn’t wilt.

  5. 5 stars
    “Authentic” from a grandmother and homeland or not – this looks amazing! I’ve never had fattoush salad but if it’s like the Lebanese version of a panzanelle, I’m so in. It looks so fresh and beautiful!

  6. 5 stars
    LISA! I want this for lunch! This will be perfect this summer. There are so many days where my husband and I find it too hot to eat, so we have our go-to cold dinner salads. This *needs* to be added to our arsenal of cool salads. It looks so wholesome, nourishing, and substantial! Believe it or not, I only had panzanella for this first time in December. It was delish. Looking forward to trying this!

  7. 5 stars
    I love panzanella salad and I did not know about the Mediterranean version of panzanella. This fattoush salad sounds amazing! I bet my husband would love it. Although, just like you, I will have to use pitas instead. I also like that you used thyme and rosemary. I love those herbs

  8. 5 stars
    This salad sounds so flavorful and delicious. Mediterranean flavors are just so good, and you make this salad sound so easy and effortless. What a great dish!

  9. 5 stars
    Oh Lisa, your fattoush salad is right up my alley! I love all these Lebanese salads made with raw and cooked veggies and Lebanese food in general, all their breads are awesome too! I will try your recipe very soon and I know we will all love it.

  10. 5 stars
    I have only had fattoush once. I do recall I did enjoy it. Lots of great flavours. This is a fun recipe to taste the flavours of another country. Great for a side dish or all on its own.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of fattoush, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to become very familiar with it now. This looks so good and I would love to try it. International food is some of my most favorite types of food.

  12. 5 stars
    This fattoush salad looks absolutely delicious! I love all of the flavors you packed into here. I can’t wait to make this fresh salad and eat it all to myself!

  13. 5 stars
    I feel like I’ve watched a few TV shows where a random character will show up and be named Fattoush lol. And can you believe I’ve never eaten any kind of bread salad.. well I guess croutons count! I really need to go grab some flatbread and try this- I have tons of eggplant right now!

    1. Fattoush as a name? I guess I can see that. Hope you try the salad!

  14. Yum! This looks so fresh, flavorful, colorful, and healthy! I’d love to try your recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    That is such a fun salad. I saw that bread in a small ethnic market not too far from our house.

    1. Oh, boy — if you can get it fresh- DO IT! To me there is nothing better than fresh made pita. I can literally go through 2 or 3 at a time.

  16. This looks so delicious and healthy. That is the way food should be! I will try this recipe. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I can just imagine what this fattoush salad tastes like with all the flavors melding together! It looks so fresh and delicious. I look forward to trying your delightful recipe, Lisa!

  18. 5 stars
    I love how light Mediterranean dishes can be. This beautiful salad is literally layers of light flavors that make the perfect dish! Everything I love all in one bowl.

  19. 5 stars
    Oh I love za’atar! I keep it around because it is inexpensive and good in so many things – try it on pizza! I also have sumac because we like to sprinkle it on hummus. But honestly – this fattoush salad with rosemary and thyme sounds FABULOUS. I don’t think it needs the classic spices. I love those creative little happy kitchen accidents. And I am going to try this fattoush!

    1. I’m not opposed to za’atar or sumac– I just didn’t have any on hand… I do need to pick some up, though.