Farro Fattoush Salad

September 5, 2013

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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  • 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!

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(images by HonestlyYUM)


Would the dressing keep for a few days if you made a slightly bigger batch?

The dressing definitely keeps for a few days but don’t dress the salad until you’re ready to enjoy!

Beautiful! I love a good fattoush. And sumac has been the spice of 2013 for me. Wonderfully tangy.

Amazing idea to add a grain to this already delicious salad. We can’t wait to try it! Thank you for this lovely post

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gorgeous salad – this is my kinda food. I love most middle eastern recipes – and fattoush is one of them!

Fattoush is one of my favourites! I remember it was the first salad recipe I posted on my blog, too. I absolutely love that you’ve used a yogurt-based dressing and the farro makes it so rustic and wholesome. Definitely trying this variation next time.

I’m pretty sure only you guys can make salad look THIS good!!! This salad is just a beauty!


This recipe looks delightful. … As for trying to find Sumac – do you have any ethnic grocery stores/markets in your area? They may carry it!

Glad you’re a fellow fattoush lover! Yes, Middle Eastern markets are your best bet, but I got mine at Whole Foods and have even seen it at my local Albertson’s in LA!

I have heard so much about this salad and sumac but never tried it

Hope you try it soon! Sumac is such a great spice and pretty widely available.

Karen this is soooo beautiful! I love both sumac and allspice but I’ve never had them together – must try.

I love fattoush- got hooked on it when working in a little upscale deli during high school. I’ve had a hard time finding sumac in my stores nearby, though- do you order it online anywhere?

My new culinary maxim is to add herbs wherever you can. Loving the addition of mint and especially love sumac. I specialize in the Middle East and thus always have some on hand that I have picked up from the souks (markets) of a recently visited Arab country!

That’s a great maxim! Herbs are slowly replacing the greens in my salads 🙂

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