Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Grilled Chicken

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.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • Salad

  • 2 6-inch whole-wheat pitas,split

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground sumac (see Note), divided

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ 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)

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • cup thinly sliced fresh mint

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. To prepare salad: Preheat oven to 350F. 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.


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 kalustyans.com or buylebanese.com.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 8663IU 173%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Folate 155mcg 39%
Sodium 454mg 20%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 65mg 15%
Potassium 693mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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