Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Grilled Chicken

EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Fattoush is a popular salad in Lebanon made with mixed greens, a lemony vinaigrette and pita bread pieces. Toasting the pita adds crunch and a sprinkle of ground sumac—which grows wild all over Lebanon—adds depth. Let the salad sit for a bit to let the pita soak up the lemony dressing.

Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Grilled Chicken

Makes: 6 servings

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Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Grilled Chicken

  • Salad
  • 2 6-inch whole-wheat pitas,split
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground sumac (see Note), divided
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 small salad cucumbers, or 1 large cucumber, seeded and diced (peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh mint


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. To prepare salad: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pita halves rough-side up on a large baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sumac. Bake until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. When cool, break into bite-size pieces.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, salt, pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon sumac in a large bowl. Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, mint and the pita pieces; toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. To prepare chicken: Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high. Rub the chicken with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until no longer pink inside, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (Alternatively, broil chicken 4 to 6 inches from the heat source for about 6 minutes per side.) Slice the chicken thinly and serve on top of the salad.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: The tart berries of the sumac bush add another element to many Middle Eastern dishes. Find them whole or ground in Middle Eastern markets or online at or


Per serving: 295 calories; 12 g fat (2 g sat, 7 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 5 g fiber; 473 mg sodium; 693 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (120% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv), Folate (38% dv), Iron & Potassium (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 3 lean meat

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