This Fattoush recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make vegan salad recipe from Lebanon, made with greens, toasted bread, vegetables, and a special Arab spice-Sumac.
Fattoush recipe- another delicious vegan Arabic salad recipe to beat the summer heat.
As promised to share a lot of healthy salad recipes this summer I am back with another favorite salad recipe of mine-Fattoush.
Originally from Lebanon, this salad is very popular in the entire Middle East.
How is it made?
This delicious vegan Arabic salad Fattoush is made by mixing fresh greens and vegetables with fried or toasted pieces of Lebanese bread known as Khubz.
The two main ingredients of the Fattoush recipe which make this easy, simple, fresh salad so unique are fried bread and a Middle Eastern spice - Sumac which is added to its dressing.
How to make Fattoush salad dressing?
The dressing of Fattoush is very simple and is made by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, dried mint, salt, and Sumac.
Sumac not only gives a very nice tangy flavor to the salad but also brightens it up with a bright red color.
I love collecting dressing recipes from all over the world because I strongly believe that it is the most important component of a salad. A dressing can easily make or break a salad.
If you are also like me then don't miss to check out this unique and delicious Sweet Soy Silan Salad dressing.
What is Sumac and where to find it?
Sumac is a very popular spice made by grounding the dry berries of a plant called Sumac which is mainly found in East Asia, Africa, and North America.
This spice was used in a lot of medieval medicines. Native Americans use it to make a drink which they call Indian lemonade or sumac-ade.
It can be easily found in any Middle Eastern grocery store or a spice market. It’s also available on Amazon.
If you are planning a trip to the Middle East soon, don’t forget to add it to your shopping list.
Now coming back to today’s recipe-Fattoush, traditionally fried Lebanese bread is added to it but since I don’t like adding fried things to my salad, I will toast the bread with some olive oil and then add it. If you want, you can use fried bread also.
Though you can serve Fattoush as a side dish, it’s so delicious and filling because of the bread that I don’t feel the need to eat anything else along with it.
Always make sure not to make this salad in advance or even if you want to then add the bread just before serving otherwise it will become soggy and you don’t want to miss the crunchiness of toasted bread in it.
Healthy vegan salad recipes from around the world
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- Greek Potato Salad
- Moroccan carrot salad
- Middle Eastern Bean Salad- Balela
- Indian kidney bean salad
- Thai Vermicelli noodle salad with mushrooms
- Moroccan spiced couscous salad
- Asian enoki mushroom salad
More vegan Middle Eastern recipes
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- Tomato parsley salad
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- 1 lebanese bread medium sized
- ½ medium sized lettuce head roughly chopped
- ½ cup scallion finely chopped
- 1 cup parsley leaves finely chopped
- ½ cup mint leaves finely chopped
- 1 tomato diced
- 1 persian cucumber/ any cucumber you have diced
- 1 small red onion chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt as per taste
Ingredients for dressing
- 3 teaspoons ground sumac
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic grated
- 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- Salt as per taste
- Cut bite-size pieces of the Lebanese bread, drizzle some olive oil, salt and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 7-8 minutes or till they become crunchy.
- Add all the chopped vegetables, herbs in a bowl and keep aside.
- Mix all the ingredients under dressing in a separate bowl and pour it over the salad. Mix well and then add in the toasted bread. Mix again and serve.