Fattoush, fattoosh or fattush… either way you spell it- there is just so many good things going on in this salad.
I only know of two (but I’m certain there are more) restaurants that have fab fattoush. One is Mr. Kabob, it’s located by my old hospital job and is in an actual gas station, Sunoco to be exact. I know what you’re thinking… but the food is all kinds of amazing and if you live in the Royal Oak/ Berkley and surrounding area- you KNOW this place. It’s just 45 minutes away from where I live and well, that’s a long way for carry-out. But then there’s La Marsa; 25 minutes away, equally delicious, not in a gas station and where we tend go on most occasions. Typically we order shawarma wraps and either their regular salad or the fattoush. If I’m being honest… the fried pita pieces are extremely hard to pass up on, so 99.9% of the time it’s fattoush for us.
On days that I have zero desire to drive in order to calm my fattoush craving, I make my own. In my version, you’ll find the traditional (and quite possibly non-traditional) fixings you’d typically get in a really good fattoush salad. Things like tomato, red onion, cucumber, parsley, feta, kalamata olives and crumbled toasted pita- tossed in crisp lettuce. But the dressing…
The dressing is what I love most and for a couple of reasons: for one it has sumac in it. A lemony and flavorful spice that’s typical in fattoush dressing. I go easy on it (only using a tablespoon), but feel free to add more if you love your sumac too. Another reason I love this dressing is because I make it in the serving bowl and then build the salad on top. Translation: less dirty dishes to wash.
The dressing is as simple as it gets and the end result is a perfectly dressed salad that not only looks so rustic and pretty but is also delicious and satisfying.