Fatoush - a Zesty Middle-eastern Salad





Introduction: Fatoush - a Zesty Middle-eastern Salad

This is a very well known salad dish, in the Middle-East, and is particularly associated with Egypt and the Lebanon. Its really easy to prepare, needing some coarse chopping and then mixing. The only thing is, it benefits from "marinading" in the lemon juice for an hour or so.

The final flourish, the addition of a spice called sumac is optional, but authentic. Our supply is Iranian sumac, bought in Tehran from THE most amazing spice shop, and supplied by really friendly people.

Step 1: Ingredients

4 tomatoes - a nice fresh sweet variety for preference.
1 cucumber
4 spring onions (scallions)
3 cloves of freshly crushed/ chopped garlic
Broad leaf parsley ( a good bunch)
Garden mint ( a couple of sprigs)
Juice of 2 lemons

3-4 pita breads

Sumac, if available.

Step 2: Preparation

Into one bowl, throw all the ingredients
1.) Cut cucumber into 4 length-ways, chop into 6mm / 1/4" chunks.
2.) Chop tomato into similar slices, and chop into thumbnail sized pieces (don't bother peeling tomatoes, lifess too short)
3.) Chop scallions into short chunks
4. Chop garlic, or use a garlic press
5. ) Coarsely chop parsley, strip mint leaves off stalk, and chop and add to bowl.
7.) Juice 2 lemons (nuke 'em for 15 seconds first, to make 'em juicy) Pour over contents of bowl...

Mix  thoroughly, make sure the veggies are nicely covered with the lemon juice.

Put aside in refrigerator for an hour.

Step 3: Serving and Suggestions

Toast 3 or 4 pita breads and chop into bite sized pieces.
Just before serving, mix in pita bread

If you're familiar with sumac, add some sprinkling to the dish before serving - it adds a further lemony flavour which is very refreshing. Otherwise, serve sumac in a pepper shaker with the salad.

Serve and enjoy.
We're serving the salad in pitta bread, with sea-bass cooked with paprika and lime



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Seems to be delicious. Thanks for instructing.

mmm fatoosh, every arabians salad.

Hey man, what about taboolah? thats amazing too, and in my opinion tastes better (I'm Palestinian so that probably explains it)

What a brilliant idea ! I've eaten it, but not made it at home.

Thanks for the idea.


I am always searching for great recipes like this! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

Thanks for this Instructable! (I'm a Turk, and trying to loose some weight and it is not easy for an electronics engineering student-lots of sitting... So salads helping me :) )

I made a double batch of this last night and served it with my own Black Bean soup. We had my Father in-law over for dinner and he had no idea what was on the menu. Both items were a big hit. We had a very healthy dinner and it was delicious. I'm glad I made a double batch of your Fatoush because I'm actually having some for lunch right this very minute. Thank You for taking the time to share. This will be a keeper for me.

Glad you enjoyed it. I think its better in many ways, if you let it marinade in the lemon juice...it rarely gets the time in my house either !

Sumac is available at Penzeys.com.

Staghorn sumac grows wild next to nearly every road east of the Missisippi.

I collect the flower heads when they are bright red and dry them. Shake the tiny berries out or crunch the flower heads with your hands to extract the seeds. They have a lemony flavor.

Another use is a kind of lemonade made by steeping the flower heads in hot water and adding a little honey. Very refreshing.

Make sure you wash the heads throughly as spiders and insects like to nest in the flower heads.