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Fattoush Platter

Fattoush Platter 6.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 24, 2022

This is a deconstructed version of the Middle Eastern tomato/bread salad, turning it into a platter full of elements perfect for a serve-yourself approach at a dinner party. You can get as artful or as casual as you’d like with the presentation, letting guests choose their favorite parts and create their perfect bites.

Total time: 35 mins

Make Ahead: The pita chips can be made and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days before making the platter.

Storage Notes: Refrigerate for up to 5 days, preferably with the pitas and dressing kept separate from the rest of the salad.

Where to Buy: Sumac can be found in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and international grocers, as well as online.

6 - 8

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Tested size: 6-8 servings; makes 12 cups

  • For the salad
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely grated or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, preferably a mix of shapes, sizes and colors, cored if needed and cut into rounds and/or wedges
  • 3 to 4 small cucumbers (12 ounces total), sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, cored and sliced
  • One (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (3 ounces), finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac (may substitute za’atar spice blend)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • For the crispy pita
  • 4 small pita pockets or 2 large pita breads (6 ounces), cut into triangles
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

Make the salad: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper until combined. Taste, and season with more salt and/or pepper as needed.

On a large serving platter, arrange the tomatoes and cucumbers. Top with the bell pepper, chickpeas and onion. Sprinkle with the sumac and drizzle with 1/4 cup of the dressing.

Make the crispy pita: While the salad sits and the flavors meld, on a large, rimmed baking sheet, toss the pita triangles with the olive oil and spread them out. Toast for about 10 minutes, turning as needed, until golden brown and crisp.

Arrange the pita triangles on the platter. Sprinkle with the herbs and serve with the lemon wedges and the remaining dressing.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “In Praise of Veg” by Alice Zaslavsky (Appetite, 2022).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 1/2 cups), based on 8: 299

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 290mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 30g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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