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Fattoush Salad

Ainsley Harriott
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 10
  • Ready: 20

A fresh, crisp salad popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean.


For the salad

  • 2 large pitta breads or 1 large flatbread, cut into bite-size pieces
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1-2 romaine lettuce hearts, roughly chopped
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and sliced
  • 6-8 red radishes, trimmed and sliced
  • large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and coarsely chopped
  • small bunch mint, roughly chopped

For the dressing

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1-2 teaspoons date molasses (or 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.

Place the pitta pieces on a baking tray, lightly drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly crisp and lightly golden. The idea is to dry out the bread without burning it. Remove and set aside to cool.

Place the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes and herbs in a large bowl and toss to combine.

To make the dressing, put all of the ingredients into a small bowl and season. Whisk until well combined and emulsified.

Just before serving, add the pitta croutons to the salad, drizzle over the dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Additonal notes

Recipe taken from Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook published by Ebury, photography Dan Jones

“A fresh, crisp salad popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean. It’s a great way to use up any leftover flatbreads or pitta and makes a crunchy side salad or satisfying lunch on its own. Each country has their own version of fattoush and I have tried a few on my travels. In Jordan, I was shown how date molasses is made and I used some of the wonderful rich syrup to make this salad. It worked so well that I would recommend getting some if you can, or you can use pomegranate molasses if you prefer.”

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