Fattoush Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : August 4th, 2022 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

Have you ever heard of Fattoush Salad? It’s a light, refreshing, and crunchy salad that’s perfect for summer. It’s also a good way to use up any vegetables you have kicking around in your fridge or on your counter plus is ready in just 15 minutes.

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completed Easy Summer Fattoush Salad in a white bowl against a light background

This stripped-down version of fattoush salad is seasoned only with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper which lets all the flavors of the fresh vegetables come through.

I’ve added some nectarine, though not really traditional, which adds a nice little hit of summertime sweetness.

If you're craving more salads, try this Greek millet salad and this tasty vegan sweet potato salad.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and easy. Ready in less than 15 minutes.
  • Perfect for summers with its light, fresh flavor.
  • A healthy combination of ingredients. Loads of fresh veggies and healthy fats.

What is Fattoush?

Fattoush is a salad of chopped seasonal vegetables and toasted stale bread. It is similar in some ways to Panzanella salad.

The vegetables may vary depending on the season but often include tomatoes, cucumber, and radishes with chopped lettuce. It's often flavored with herbs and a light dressing.

My recipe is inspired by the flavors of the Lebanese fattoush salad with a few changes from the authentic recipe. The results are a salad with the perfect balance of herbs and sweet and savory flavors.

What Goes Into This Recipe

This simple summer salad requires a handful of fresh ingredients along with some pantry staples.

ingredients for Easy Summer Fattoush Salad measured out and sorted in bowls and on a tray
  • Veggies: Cucumber, tomato, and red onion! Traditional components in fattoush salad.
  • Nectarine: A peach works too! 
  • Lemon juice: Definitely use fresh for the best flavor.
  • Olive oil: The bright and light flavor of olive oil works the best for this salad.
  • Herbs: A handful of parsley and fresh mint add fresh flavor to finish off the salad. 
  • Bread: Pita or naan bread are traditional though you can use thinly-sliced sandwich bread in a pinch. It’s even better if it’s a little stale.

How To Make Fattoush Salad

  • 1) Combine the chopped cucumber, tomato, nectarine, and onion in a medium bowl.
  • 2) Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil and toss to combine.
  • 3) Add the parsley and mint and mix everything together well. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • 4) Just before serving, toast the bread until it’s dry and crunchy. Break it up into irregular bite-sized pieces, and toss with the salad.
  • 5) Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Prevent sogginess. Make sure to add the toasted bread right before you serve the salad. If you let it sit too long, the bread will get mushy and sort of dissolve.
  • Chop the veggies. In similar-sized pieces.
  • Change up the ingredients. Feel free to use other veggies or add in more to make your fattoush salad. Radish, bell pepper, crisp lettuce such as romaine, and green onions are sometimes used. But really, there are so many variations so feel free to use whatever vegetables you want!
Can I make fattoush salad in advance?

You can chop the vegetables and mix up the dressing up to 24 hours in advance. But toasting the bread and mixing everything together should be done right before serving.

What do you serve with fattoush?

For vegans, you can pair fattoush with a wide range of dishes. This roasted red pepper soup and some falafel work well and are other dishes commonly served in the same region as fattoush. But really this light and bright salad go with a wide range of dishes. Serve it up as a side dish for crispy tofu, a tofu and pesto sandwich, and a vegan bagel sandwich.

completed Easy Summer Fattoush Salad in a white bowl against a light background

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completed Easy Summer Fattoush Salad in a white bowl against a light background

Fattoush Salad

Stefan
This Fattoush Salad is a light, refreshing, and crunchy salad that’s perfect for summer. It’s also a good way to use up any vegetables you have kicking around in your fridge or on your counter plus is ready in just 15 minutes.
5 from 54 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 2 servings
Calories 165 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium cucumber diced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 medium nectarine diced (a peach will work)
  • ½ of a red onion diced
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • small handful parsley chopped
  • small handful mint chopped
  • 1 ½ ounces of bread (pita, naan, thinly-sliced sandwich bread - whatever you have on hand), preferably a little stale
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Mix the cucumber, tomato, nectarine, and onion in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss to combine. Add the parsley and mint, mix well, and set aside until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, toast the bread until dry and crunchy. Break into irregular bite-sized pieces, and toss with the salad. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Prevent sogginess. Make sure to add the toasted bread right before you serve the salad. If you let it sit too long, the bread will get mushy and sort of dissolve.
  • Chop the veggies. In similar-sized pieces.
  • Change up the ingredients. Feel free to use other veggies or add in more to make your fattoush salad. Radish, bell pepper, crisp lettuce such as romaine, and green onions are sometimes used. But really, there are so many variations so feel free to use whatever vegetables you want!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 118mgPotassium: 505mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1081IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Maria Bevacqua says

    This sounds amazing! Do you have any suggestions for making it oil-free?

    • Andrea White says

      You can try using veggie broth as a sub 🙂

  2. Janaye says

    5 stars
    This salad looks super delicious

    • Andrea White says

      My favorite is all the colors and textures!

  3. Beatriz Buono-Core says

    5 stars
    I had never tried this type of salad before, SO good!

    • Andrea White says

      It's definitely one of a kind!

  4. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    I love the idea of adding nectarine and bread cubes to this salad! It's brilliant! Cool and crunchy.

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Loved the variety of flavors!

  5. Teodora says

    5 stars
    So nutritious and tasty! And looks beautiful, too, with all that colors!

  6. Jacqui says

    5 stars
    This fatoush is sooooo good! Thanks for this awesome recipe.

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! It's so refreshing and full of yummy flavors!

  7. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    so healthy and nutritious! love it!

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