Kale Fatoush Salad is our superfood version of this traditional Middle Eastern favourite bursting with nutrients and so satisfying it will keep you going all day long. Learn how to transform chewy, tasteless kale into a green that everyone will love.
This Middle Eastern salad is a delightful combination of fresh kale leaves, crisp vegetables, and crunchy pita chips, all tossed in a tangy sumac dressing.
Discover the secrets to reducing kale's bitterness and enhancing its texture with our simple step-by-step instructions. Whether you're a food enthusiast or health-conscious, this nutritious kale salad recipe is a must-try.
What Is Fatoush Salad?
Traditional fatoush was a delicious way to use up leftover pita bread; it is made with chopped romaine/cos lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, onions, herbs and fried bread which are all dressed in olive oil, lemon dressing with some sumac added.
Our version replaces the lettuce with nutrient-dense kale, and we bake the bread in the oven until golden brown instead of frying it.
How to Make It A Traditional Fatoush Salad Recipe
To transform this Kale Fatoush Salad into a traditional fattoush salad, all you have to do is replace the kale with one medium-sized cos/romaine lettuce and fry your pita in some olive oil instead of baking it in the oven.
You Will Need
How To Prepare Kale So It's Delicious
- Carefully wash the kale to remove any dirt.
- Remove the stems either by stripping them by hand or by cutting them out with a sharp knife. You can either discard them or freeze them to use in a stir fry, soups or casseroles.
- Bunch up your kale leaves and thinly shred them with a sharp knife.
- Transfer it to a mixing bowl, pour the vinaigrette over the kale and massage for at least three minutes, don't overdo it as you will turn your kale to mush.
Step 1 - Grill Pita and Shake-up The Vinaigrette
Step 2 - Chop-Up Your Vegetables
Step 3 - Chop The Herbs
Step 4 - Assemble Your Fatoush Salad
🍽 Serving Suggestions
This fatoush salad pairs well with most meals, particularly with anything Middle Eastern, such as kebabs, falafels or spicy chicken.
But I just love serving this salad at our big family barbecues as it is so easy to make a huge batch and leave it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Leftovers are never a problem as it keeps so well and can be enjoyed throughout the week.
💡Tips and Questions (FAQs)
Do I Need to Add the Sumac and What Can I Use Instead?
Sumac is a dark purple Middle Eastern spice that has a tangy lemony taste that is less tart than lemon juice.
You should be able to find it in the spice section of most supermarkets but can be substituted in this fatoush recipe with the zest of one medium-sized lemon.
Can I Prepare the Salad in Advance?
- This salad can be made the day before without the pita and kept in the fridge until you are ready to serve it that day.
- There is no need to massage the kale if you are making it the day before, all you need to do is toss everything together and the kale will soften overnight in the fridge.
- On the day, you may need to drain off any liquid that has formed and add the pita just before serving.
- You can toast the pita the day before and keep it in an air-tight container, but if you are going to make it the traditional way with the fried pita crisps, fry them on the day otherwise they will become chewy.
- Of course, you can make the dressing several days ahead and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.
How to Food Prep Kale Fatoush for Lunches
- Fatoush is just perfect for food prep for your weekday lunches as it keeps well in the fridge and is substantial enough to keep you energised throughout the day. Just keep the pita bread in an air-tight container to add on top at the last minute.
- You can add any form of protein that you like, such as crumbled feta, kofta, meat or chicken skewers, or some falafel would be fantastic as a vegetarian option.
How Do I Store Leftover Kale Fatoush Salad?
To keep the salad fresh, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, it will lose some of its crunchy texture after a couple of days.
Even More Kale Salads To Try!
- ½ bunch kale (approximately 240 grams / 8.5 ounces or use 1 cos/romaine lettuce to make it traditional fattoush)
- 2 small punnets mini Roma tomatoes (approximately 450 grams / 16 ounces; or 1 large punnet)
- 1 small bunch radish (approximately 120 grams / 4.2 ounces)
- 1 large Lebanese / Persian cucumber (approximately 150 grams / ounces)4.2 ounces
- 1 medium red capsicum / bell pepper (approximately 170 grams / 6 ounces)
- 1 small red onion, optional (approximately 115 grams / 4 ounces)
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley (2 cup chopped parsley leaves)
- 1 bunch chopped mint (1 cup chopped mint leaves)
- 1 Lebanese pita bread
- Sea salt and cracked black pepper
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons Sumac
- Heat your grill and place the pita bread underneath until golden brown on each side. Approximately 2-3 minutes each side. When done, place to one side to cool.1 Lebanese pita bread
- To fry the pita in the traditional way heat some olive oil in a large pan, tear the pita bread into bite-sized pieces and fry in batches until golden brown, add some sea salt, black pepper and some sumac while it is frying for an additional hit of flavour. 1
- Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar and shake until emulsified.⅓ cup olive oil, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1-2 teaspoons Sumac, Sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Wash all your vegetables carefully to remove any dirt. Remove the stems from the kale and discard them or freeze for another use.½ bunch kale
- Shred the kale thinly, then transfer to a mixing bowl, pour the vinaigrette over the kale and massage for at least three minutes.
- Cut off the leaves and bottoms from the radishes and then slice thinly using a mandoline slicer. Add to the bowl with the kale.1 small bunch radish
- Trim the cucumber then cut into half-moons, add to your bowl.1 large Lebanese / Persian cucumber
- Slice the mini Roma tomatoes in half, add to your bowl.2 small punnets mini Roma tomatoes
- Remove the core from the red capsicum, then cut into small thin strips, add to your bowl.1 medium red capsicum / bell pepper
- If you are using the onion, remove the papery skin and chop off the top and bottom, cut into small thin strips, add to your bowl.1 small red onion, optional
- Wash your herbs, remove the stems and roughly chop them and add to your bowl.1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, 1 bunch chopped mint
- Add the chopped parsley and mint to the bowl with all your veg, season with salt and pepper. Then toss the salad until well combined, taste and adjust seasonings according to your taste.
- Just before serving, snap the pita bread into medium-sized pieces and stir through your salad, reserve a few pieces for a garnish.
- Arrange the salad in a large salad bowl, scatter the reserved pita on top. Serve and enjoy!.
- The nutritional panel does not include the fried pita just the toasted pita bread.