Thursday, July 23, 2009


As I have mentioned before, I love Lebanese food. DH & I used to eat at a restaurant named, Moustache, on Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn very regularly. I always ordered the Fattoush, which is a chopped green salad with toasted pita bread, in a lemony-minty dressing.
I've never made it at home, until now. This recipe is very much how I remember it...delicious!

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.
Lay 4-8" round pita breads on a rimmed baking sheet & toast for 7-10 minutes, or until dried & crispy, but not brown. Flip them halfway through, to crisp evenly. Let them sit at room temperature. Next, to make the dressing, add a 1/4 cup each of minced fresh mint & minced fresh parsley to a mixing bowl.

Add in a 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, the juice of 2 lemons & kosher salt to taste. Whisk it up. Chop 2 heads of romaine lettuce & add it to a large serving bowl.

Then add 2 large ripe tomatoes {chopped},

3 scallions {thinly sliced},

1 medium cucumber {seeded, peeled & diced} & the toasted pitas {cut, or torn into bite-sized pieces}.

Toss the salad with the herb dressing & serve. So easy & so good!


Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Magazine: Summer Entertaining
Serves 6

4-8" pita breads
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, minced
1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves, minced
2 lemons, juiced
Kosher salt
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped (about 6 cups)

Preheat the oven to 375. Lay the pita bread out on a rimmed baking sheet & toast for 7-10 minutes, or until dry & crisp, but not brown.
Let them cool to room temperature, while you prepare the salad.
Whisk the olive oil, mint, parsley, & lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Add salt to taste.
Cut the pita in to bite-sized chunks.
Toss the lettuce, tomato, scallions, cucumber, pita wedges & herb dressing in a large bowl & serve.
Click here for the printable recipe.


Marta said...

I'm half Lebanese and I remember my grandma making fattoush for me on hot evenings when you wouldn't want to eat anything hot or heavy. It's certainly a delicious and fresh salad, I think you've recreated it perfectly!

Jennifer said...

I've been shying away from meat lately and the healthful beauty of this fattoush reinforces my veggie cravings.

andrea said...

I find it incredibly difficult to find salads that I actually WANT to eat. I just made this one and its GREAT!

Chocolate Lover said...

Will definitely be trying this out tonight. So glad I came across your blog!

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