Have you ever tried a bowl of crunchy Fattoush with delicious tangy dressing and thought to yourself: What is the secret for this dressing?
Fattoush is meant to be a bowl with tons of flavors! Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Dressing is a star salad.
It is a combination of bright, lively colored vegetables with a dressing that includes zaatar, sumac, pomegranate molasses, and vinegar to create a tangy and savory taste.
The BEST Fattoush Salad with Tangy Dressing
Fattoush is a salad with a distinguished taste. One of the best things about fattoush is that you can add any vegetables that you like.
However, what creates harmony between all the vegetables is the tasty dressing. In fact, delicious fattoush is all about the sourness that the zesty lime vinaigrette creates.
What is Fattoush without the iconic dressing! Certainly, whatever vegetables you use, you need the special dressing. So, you combine sumac, pomegranate, and olive oil with a few more ingredients.
What is Fattoush?
The authentic Lebanese Fattoush Salad is a bowl full of healthy vegetables. It gets its taste from a tangy dressing.
Lebanese Fattoush Salad is rich with various vitamins and fibers. The zesty lime vinaigrette adds more antioxidants. Therefore, it is quite healthy.
When you want to lose weight, Fattoush is a great option to fulfill your senses along with your tummy.
Crunchy Croutons for Fattoush
Do you like an extra crunch in your delish fattoush? Let us take it to another level by adding some crunchy croutons.
Croutons is the best way to use pita bread leftovers. You can cut them into bite-size pieces and fry them in abundant oil.
For a lighter version, you can drizzle some olive oil onto the pita bread. Then, you toast them in the oven until they become golden brown and crispy.
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Vegetables for the Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Dressing
First, you can choose any type of vegetables to chop for Fattoush. Also, you can adjust the quantities to your liking. When you prepare the vegetables, you can choose Roma, vine, cherry, or grape tomatoes. You may get romaine or iceberg lettuce.
To add, you can chop sweet peppers of any color you want. You can chop red, yellow, and green pepper at once for extra brightness.
Furthermore, it is better to choose green onions. They have a sweet mellow taste. It is ok to choose the white or red onions. However, their taste may overpower the tangy taste of the dressing.
Finally, you can enhance the red colors in the fattoush by adding some radish. They give a mild crunchy bite in each spoon of this tasty salad.
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Why You Would Love This Fattoush Dressing
Having trouble working in “bland” salads to your diet? Wanting to feel better about eating better? Well this Fattoush dressing is fresh and delicious.
It will make fall in love with salads all over again. Once you try it, you will definitely get back into the mood of salads.
Not only is it easy and quick to make, it also adds brightens your bowl of vegetables.
Key Dressing Ingredients
Sumac is a very famous spice in the Mediterranean cuisine. It has large, dense clusters of bright red, pea-sized fruit. People dry and powder them for herbal spice and culinary reasons.
In addition, sumac is a culinary spice that mainly enhances the flavors of various dishes. Basically, it has a citrus-like fragrance and tart flavor similar to lemon juice.
Therefore, sumac adds acidity and reddish color in many recipes. It is great to use it as dressing for different salads like Lebanese Fattoush Salad. It is also an ingredient in the marinade for grilled meat or chicken.
A Tasty Dressing for your Fattoush Salad
In fact, Zaatar is the Arabic word for thyme. When thyme is ripe, farmers dry its leaves. Then, they powder it to get the fine spice.
Zaatar in Middle East is a combination of dried thyme with sesame seeds, salt and sumac. Sumac is the key for its tangy flavor.
Zaatar spice has a savory taste that enhances the flavor of any dish. It also has a pack of antioxidants.
So, people in the Middle East use its leaves for medical purposes like treating sore throats and respiratory tracts.
Pomegranate molasses is a reduced form of pomegranate juice similar to the balsamic vinegar. When you cook down the pomegranate juice, you will get a thickened syrup with much more potent flavor.
Certainly, pomegranate molasses has an intense flavor. It can be sweet or sour. It is great to use this syrup in various recipes to enhance their flavors.
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Tips For Crunchy Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Tasty Sour Dressing
First, the best choice is fresh vegetables. It is not acceptable to go for frozen vegetables since they will be soggy.
When you want to prepare the fresh fattoush, you have to choose ripe tomatoes and freshly picked herbs. They will absorb the flavors from the tasty dressing.
Secondly, you are after a delicious bowl of vegetables. You have to use the best quality of virgin oil. Extra virgin oil will definitely make a difference!
Lastly, you can chop the vegetables in similar small sizes. So, all the vegetables will be in harmony. Also, it is a good way to emphasize all the colors of the different veggies.
Every bit and piece of the distinguished Lebanese Fattoush Salad will absorb the tart-flavored dressing. It is a trip to green heaven!
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How to Store Fattoush Veggies and Dressing
My dear busy mom! Here is a trick for you to make your fattoush ready in a couple of minutes.
How to Store Fattoush Veggies
You can prepare the veggies in your free time. So, after you wash the vegetables, put them aside to dry. You can also pat them dry with a clean towel.
Then, you chop them all except for the tomatoes. Keep the chopped vegetables in a large bowl or large airtight container.
Here is the main hack! To keep them fresh, set a paper towel touching the veggies. Make sure that the top surface is covered all around. It will absorb the moist around the veggies so they do not spoil fast.
Now, wrap the container with a plastic bag and place it in the fridge. Chopped veggies may last 3-4 days in the fridge.
When it is serving time, add chopped tomatoes to the pre-cut veggies and pour over the amazing fattoush seasoning. You will have a delish bowl of fattoush salad with the tastiest dressing.
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How to Store Fattoush Dressing
You never know when it is fattoush time. So, you can make 2 or 3 batches of this tasty dressing. Pour each one in a small jar and set it in your fridge.
When it is serving time, take one batch 10-20 minutes ahead so the olive oil thaws. Then, you pour it over the bowl to get the best fattoush salad with the tastiest dressing.
What You Must Know About Fattoush Dressing
You can add the ingredients of the dressing directly to the Lebanese Fattoush Salad bowl.
However, it is much better to mix the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl using a whisk. You can also use an immersion blender or a food processor.
It will extract every flavor in each ingredient and blend them to produce the tastiest vinaigrette ever.
You can store the delicious dressing in the freezer for about 1 month. You can freshen it up after one week by adding one minced garlic clove.
Note that olive oil in the dressing solidifies after storage. So, you have to remove it 10-20 minutes before use. Then, you have to mix it well before you pour it over the veggies.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to get the Fattoush ready before meal time, you have to keep the chopped vegetables in a separate container that is tightly closed. Also, you also have to put the dressing aside in a closed jar. When it is meal time, you can mix the ingredients together. If you do not do so, the vegetables would be soggy and loose their crunchy fresh taste.
Plain zaatar is the Arabic word for thyme. It is a particular herb. Commonly, zaatar is the combination of thyme, sesame seeds, salt and sumac. However, oregano is a herb from the mint family with aromatic leaves. They taste different.
Fattoush is a delicious side dish with grilled meat, grilled chicken, hummus, baked falafel, shawarma and many others. You can take it as a snack in the afternoon or a late night dish.
Savory Dressing for Your Fattoush
How to Make the Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Dressing
Ingredients for the Fattoush
- Romaine lettuce
- roma tomatoes
- green onion
- mixed peppers
- chopper parsley
- purple cabbage
Ingredients for the Tangy Dressing
- olive oil
- cider vinegar
- balsamic vinegar
- garlic powder
- dried mint
- zaatar spice
- 7 spices
- pomegranate molasses
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Steps to Prep
First, you have to wash all the vegetables thoroughly. Then, you can chop them the size you desire.
Second, you have to place all ingredients for the tart flavored dressing in a bowl and whisk. It is better to blend the ingredients using an immersion or tabletop blender until smooth.
Finally, you have to jazz up your vegetables with this easy savory fattoush dressing.
When you want to serve it, you can pour a few tablespoons or more over your salad. Enjoy with family and friends!
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BEST Fattoush Salad with Dressing
Fattoush Salad INgredients
- 1 heart Romaine lettuce
- 3 roma tomatoes
- 3 cucumbers
- green onion
- 4 radishes sliced
- 1 cup mixed peppers cubed
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- ½ cup purple cabbage
To Prepare the Veggies
- Wash the vegetables thoroughly.
- Chop the vegetables into cubes in a large bowl.
To Prepare the Tangy Dressing
- Place all in ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk. For best results, blend using an immersion or tabletop blender until smooth.
To Finalize the Savory Fattoush
- Pour a few tablespoons or more over the Fattoush Salad bowl.
- Mix well. Serve and enjoy!