Fattoush {Middle Eastern Bread Salad}

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad made with toasted pita bread. Mine is given a flavor boost by using za’atar to season the pita chips.
Fattoush Salad - The Lemon Bowl

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad made with toasted, fried or day-old pita bread.  Similar to the Italian panzanella salad, it is a great use for stale or leftover bread. (Is it just me or do restaurants give you enough pita triangles to feed a family of 10?!)

Za'atar Baked Pita Chips - The Lemon BowlLebanese restaurants typically deep fry the pita chips. Not only does that add a ton of unnecessary fat and calories but it also weighs down the bright and delicious flavors of this classic salad.

Middle Eastern Fattoush Salad - The Lemon BowlBaked pita chips are not only extremely easy but it also provides an opportunity to season the bread with za’atar, one of my favorite Middle Eastern spice blends.  Each brand has a slightly different recipe but it is a combination of oregano, toasted sesame, sumac and other spices.

Need more ideas for za’atar to justify the purchase? Don’t miss my Couscous Salad with Za’atar Vinaigrette or my Asparagus with Lemon and Za’atar.

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Fattoush {Middle Eastern Bread Salad}
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Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad made with toasted pita bread. Mine is given a flavor boost by using za'atar to season the pita chips.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
  • 1 large pita bread - cut into 2 inch pieces (use scissors!)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs za'atar spice blend (found online or in Middle Eastern markets)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Middle Eastern Salad - prepared as instructed (check out video!)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl or plastic bag, evenly coat pita pieces with olive oil, za'atar and salt.
  4. Spread pita in even layer on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until nicely browned.
  5. While pita bread is baking, prepare Middle Eastern Salad.
  6. Crumble toasted pita chips over the salad and toss well before serving. (Also taste great dipped in hummus!)
Please Note: Very important that the pita is spread in an even layer to allow them to become crispy. Use two pans or bake in rounds if necessary.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 201 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 1.4 g Unsaturated fat: 8.6 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 25.4 g Sugar: 8.3 g Sodium: 678 mg Fiber: 7.2 g Protein: 5.6 g Cholesterol: 0 mg




  1. says

    Yum! This looks so delicious. I love fattoush salad. I’ve made my own with just the sumac (my husband charmed someone at a Middle Eastern restaurant into giving us some) but never with the za’atr blend. I will definitely have to find some!

  2. Marielle says

    Yum!!! Love fattoush salad!!!! Gotta get some fresh Mint and lemon in there ! I’m Syrian Sephardic Jew we eat this all the time ! So yummy! Zaatar is my life !


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