Fattoush is a Palestinian salad with toasted or fried pita bread, with other vegetables in a sumac-spiced dressing which gives it a sour/lemony taste. It’s simple but so good that I could eat fattoush every day and never get bored of it. My family-in-law actually soaks the bread so that it is soggy in the salad, but I prefer to fry the pita pieces and wait to add them until just before serving.


  • 2 hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 3 small seedless cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh sprig of mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 pita bread loaves, cut in 1-inch squares
  • Oil for frying


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons ground sumac
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the bread in batches until golden, less than a minute. Drain on paper towels.
  • Combine vegetables in large serving bowl.
  • Combine dressing ingredient and pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  • Prior to serving top with fried bread.

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