Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
Fattoush, with smoked salmon, is perfect for easy and healthy salad meal prep. A favourite menu item at Lebanese restaurants, this Fattoush Salad screams fresh and is layered with flavour and texture. It’s made with wholesome, colourful ingredients that pack a nutritional punch: leafy greens, veggies, salmon, fresh herbs and crispy pita bread – all doused in a zesty lemon-sumac dressing. It’s low carb, easy to pack for lunch and absolutely delicious!
With three cheeky monkeys at home and a full-time business to run, having delicious easy and healthy recipes on-hand is key. Being a multicultural family of avid foodies, we love dabbling in international flavours and savour fish in all sorts of fusion recipes.
Fattoush is the ideal clean-out-the-fridge type recipe. 🙂 And what a way to ring in Spring! It includes a whole head of Romaine lettuce, and a pile of herbs – feel free to throw in cucumbers, and other veggies you have on-hand. My favourite part is the zesty sumac dressing which brings all the flavours together beautifully. So delicious!
If you believe in balance and deliciousness — here’s one of our family favourites: traditional fattoush salad with smoked salmon.
What is Fattoush?
A traditional Lebanese “bread” salad, Fattoush recipes typically include fresh greens, tomatoes, red onion and pieces of pita bread that’s either toasted or fried. It’s a wonderful salad base with several seasonal variations. Modified Fattoush salad recipes can include other vegetables like cucumber, radishes, peppers and spring onion. Compared to other Middle Eastern salads, the vegetables in Fattoush are typically cut into larger pieces and incorporate sumac (a traditional powdered spice reminiscent of lemon). Additionally, I’ve created a novel twist by adding smoked salmon to further boost the dish’s nutritional value.
How To Make Fattoush Salad With Smoked Salmon – Step By Step
- Baked pita: Preheat oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the pita bread into small squares. Add oil and use your hands to coat the pieces on both sides. Arrange in one layer and send to bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Dressing: Add dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk. You could also use a mason jar for this.
- Pour dressing over the Fattoush salad when you’re ready to serve and toss to combine. Then add baked pita and gently toss one more time. Transfer to a plate and enjoy.
FAQ: Is Smoked Salmon Healthy?
It’s not new news that salmon is good for you. In fact, seafood is an important part of a healthy diet and offers exceptional health benefits, which we cannot overlook. Smoked salmon can be high in sodium, so if you’re watching your sodium intake, enjoy it mindfully every now and then as a complement to your diet.
Besides being an excellent source of protein, key vitamins and minerals, salmon is also chockfull of essential omega-3 fatty acids – for which it receives the greatest attention. Omega-3 fats are important for the optimal development of a baby’s brain and nervous system and have been shown to improve numerous heart disease risk factors. A growing body of evidence indicates that omega-3 fats make the blood less prone to clotting, reduce elevated blood fats, stabilize serious heart rhythms, and regulate high blood pressure. Evidence also suggests that eating fish a couple of times per week may reduce the risk of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other diet-related chronic conditions.
Tips to make Lebanese Fattoush Salad
- Wash and prepare the salad close to serving time. It doesn’t take long.
- Always choose the freshest ingredients you can find – it does make a difference.
- When preparing the pita for baking, avoid piling the pieces on top of one another. Use a large baking tray and spread them out so that the pieces crisp nicely.
- Remember to pour the dressing just before serving. You don’t want the Fattoush salad to become a soggy hodgepodge.
- Opt for wholewheat pita to add more fibre to the recipe.
One serving* of this Fattoush salad with smoked salmon is:
- A source of healthy omega 3 fats
- An excellent source of vitamin A
- A source of vitamin D
- Low carb
- Plus, it’s packed with plant-powered ingredients with disease-fighting antioxidants
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Fattoush Salad Recipe With Smoked Salmon | Easy And Healthy Recipes | Desi~licious RD
- 1 wholewheat pita large
- 1 tsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 Romaine lettuce large head, washed, dried and chopped
- 2 tomatoes medium, washed, cut into chunky pieces
- ½ red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup parsley fresh parsley, washed, finely chopped
- ½ cup mint fresh mint, washed, finely chopped
- 300 g smoked salmon sustainable
- ⅓ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice fresh
- 3½ tsp sumac powder
- 2 garlic garlic cloves, extra-large, crushed
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the pita bread into small squares. Add oil and use your hands to coat the pieces on both sides. Arrange in one layer on a medium baking tray and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Add dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk. You could also use a mason jar for this step.
- Pour dressing over the Fattoush salad when you're ready to serve and toss to combine. Add baked pita and gently toss one more time. Transfer to a plate and enjoy.
- Wash and prepare the salad close to serving time. It doesn't take long, and always choose the freshest ingredients you can find - it does make a difference.
- Avoid piling the pita bread on top of one another. Use a large baking tray and spread them out so that the pieces toast up nicely.
- Remember to pour the dressing just before serving. You don't want the Fattoush salad to become a soggy hodgepodge.
- Opt for wholewheat pita to add more fibre to the recipe.
Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.
Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A YouTuber and notorious foodie, she’s dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor for Global News and other national media outlets.