Whole grains, like farro, are a wonderful addition to flavor packed salads like fattoush. Fattoush is a classic Lebanese salad combining fried or toasted pita with vegetables and herbs, like mint and parsley. It also features one of my favorite spices, sumac, which is a tangy and sour red spice used in all kinds of Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s absolutely perfect on grilled meats, like kebabs. My twist on fattoush replaces the pita with farro, a grain I’ve been obsessed with using lately. I usually eye-ball the measurements, with a handful of mint here, and a dash of sumac there, so feel free to play with the proportions. This salad is so hearty you could serve it as a main dish along with a simple protein, like fish.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cooked farro, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 small bundle of radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls of baby arugula or watercress
  • 1/2 a large red onion or 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of sumac
  • 1 teaspoon of all-spice
  • 1 cup of mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1  tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of thick plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Sprinkle the sumac and all spice over the sliced onions. Lightly massage the sumac into the onions with a spoon and set aside. This takes that raw bite out of the onions.

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Add two handfuls of baby arugula to the bottom of the bowl and then add the thinly sliced radishes and cucumbers.

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Tear the mint from the stems and add the roughly chopped parsley. Add the sumac onions and the cooled cooked farro.

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To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl. Stream in the olive oil while whisking to make an emulsion. Mix in the yogurt and minced garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Pour the yogurt dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

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Dig into this salad and feel good about it!

fattoush salad

fattoush salad

(images by HonestlyYUM)