I love salad, I truly do but when you pair salad with bread, it’s a combination that can’t be beat! We grew up eating this delicious salad, Fattoush. Spiced with sumac spice, crunchy bread and crunchy fresh vegetables it’s almost a meal on it’s own.
Fattoush has many variations throughout the Middle East, this version is one my family makes. One rule though, you get to eat it with your HANDS! Yes, those crunchy pita bread bits make it hard to fork, so dig in and use those clean fingertips to pickup every delicious bite of toasted pita, lettuce, radish, cucumbers and peppers.
While it’s best to eat the salad as soon as you mix the bread in, I have a few tricks for you to prepare ahead and have ready to go when you want to enjoy. I loved preparing this salad in this gorgeous bowl made by my dear friend Puji of Puji Studios. Her ceramic wares are so lovely and definitely help elevate this salad!
The first step is creating your dressing at the bottom of your bowl, once that is ready, layer your veggies starting with your lettuce then add everything else on top and finally top with your crunchy pita bread pieces. When you are ready to eat, mix to ensure each bite is coated with the delicious lemony sumac. The bits of red sumac really make this salad so beautiful and special. Feel free to sub in any veggies you like or opt any out you don’t enjoy. It truly is versatile and perfect for a crowd!