Fattoush is a traditional Lebanese salad.  Think of it this way, if Tabbouleh is the King of salad in Lebanon then Fattoush is the Queen!

The Secret Ingredient is Ground Sumac.  If you can’t find it in your local spice market then I recommend ordering it from this place: Kalustyan’s  (if you live in NYC then Kalustyan’s is worth a visit.)


  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • Half a bunch of parsley: no stems
  • 2 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4-5  scallions chopped
  • radishes (optional)
  • 1 large piece of pita (split in half and toasted)


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 table spoons of Ground Sumac
  • Half a Lemon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Put all the chopped up ingredients in a salad bowl. Should be pretty simple. If you have a mortar and pestle add a couple pinches of Kosher salt into the mortar. Throw in the garlic and mash it until it becomes a garlic paste.  Add Ground Sumac and squeeze half the lemon in.  When its all mixed up put the sumac and garlic on the salad.  Add Extra Virgin Oil, salt and pepper to taste and mix.  Lastly you want to introduce the toasted Pita.  Don’t make the chips too small.  Give it one final mix and enjoy!

You’d be surprised, this salad tastes great for left overs.

One Response to “Fattoush”

  1. Lisa says:

    I prepared fattoush for my friends from Syria and Lebanon and they loved it !!! The ground sumac really is the special ingredient and the toasted pita bread is to die for. This salad was awesome and I look forward to making it again and again. Thanks so much for posting it. By the way, your YouTube video for fattoush is great and easy to follow and I really like the background music.

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