Grilled Chicken Salad- Lebanese Fattoush


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When you have been partying hard during the festive season and you have literally lost count of the calories, a fresh and healthy salad brunch comes as a life savior.

Fattoush is a Lebanese peasant salad made with fresh vegetables, greens, crispy toasted pita bread and a flavorful sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing made of lemon juice, sumac powder and /or pomegranate molasses. It is usually served alongside grilled meats.

My version of chicken salad is inspired from this gorgeous Lebanese beauty. I have substituted the pita with  broiled brown bread cubes which adds crunch to the salad even though it soaks up the dressing beautifully. This salad makes a complete filling meal substitute and is very tasty besides being nutritious.

 


 

Grilled Chicken Salad : Lebanese Fattoush


 

What you need:

  • 6 slices of brown bread croutons∗
  •  2 cups grilled chicken cubes ♠
  • 1 cup grilled or pan fried paneer cubes ♥
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg/romaine lettuce
  • 1 large cucumber diced♠
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels steamed/boiled
  • 1 cup bell peppers diced and sauteed( any color)
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives
  • 2 tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1/2 tsp. sumac  if available

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • crushed pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Brown bread croutons:

Cut cubes from the 6 slices. Toss with olive oil, salt,black pepper and garlic powder. Broil them at 180 º for 5 to 10 minutes till crisp and golden.

Grilled chicken:

Preheat grill at 170 º. Rub the chicken cubes with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until done, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (Alternatively, broil chicken  for about 6 minutes per side.)

Paneer cubes/Tofu:

Season paneer (cottage cheese)or tofu cubes with salt, red chilli powder,turmeric powder and lemon juice. Pan fry or grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Method:

Put all the salad ingredients together in a big bowl. Make a dressing with all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Toss the salad well with the dressing and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • The vegetables and the chicken quantity can be increased or decreased according to your taste.
  • Either toss the salad with the entire dressing or with as much quantity you desire.
  • Sumac gives an authentic Lebanese flavor to the salad. In case it is not available, you can use pomegranate molasses or powder. Or you can skip altogether. The salad tastes delicious even without it.

Well, when you are talking of parties Fiesta Friday is my essential weekly party place. Hosted by Angie@The Novice Gardener it is the most fun party online.This time it is being co-hosted by the awesome blossom blogger friends Mr.Fitz and Kaila. Join us for unlimited array of yummy foods…

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44 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken Salad- Lebanese Fattoush

    1. Thanks dear Juju ☺ I decided to toss one up after a sudden attack of guilt after week long ofeating high calorie food ☺. ( How would you like to be addressed auntjuju or juju ? )

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      1. Thanks for asking; some call me Judi, Aunt Juju or Juju. All my nieces and nephews call me Aunt Juju, some bloggers call me that and others like Angie just call me Juju (she asked me too) and then many just call me Judi. Whatever you are comfortable with – I will not be offended by any name 🙂

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  1. Oh my, your salad is quite colorful, and I love the flavor combination. I loved learning a little bit about fatuous and it’s use as peasant salad. It reminds me of the idea behind pot-au-feu, but with a salad rather than a soup. I love your addition of the brown bread cubes to add a crunch as well.

    Thank you so much for bringing these into the fiesta, and happy 2015!! 😀

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    1. Thats awesome. Thank you Myra for liking the recipe. Do try it . But make sure you serve the salad as soon as you toss it up to retain the crunch. And your blog is very interesting. Had fun looking around.

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  2. I had a chicken fattoush at a restaurant here and enjoyed it — but this looks much better! (Sometimes I use memory tricks, especially for unfamiliar words or names… the only way I could remember this name was “Fat tushy”.. But I remembered it! LOL) Hugs!

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    1. Haha😉Thats an interesting way to remember names. I think I will have to try that with people’s names because I tend to forget names (..thats between the two of us 😉)
      This salad is a slight variation to the regular Fattoush. ..but quite crunchy and delicious. Thank you for liking it ☺

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      1. I’m absolutely terrible with peoples’ names. I’m going good if I remember the first letter… There’s an old salesman’s trick that says when you meet someone, say their name 3 times in the conversation and you’ll always remember. That never helped me a bit — and the people thought i was nuts, repeating their name over and over. LOL. Hugs.

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