This Cabbage Fattoush Salad is a twist on the traditional Lebanese favorite. Made with fresh and vibrant ingredients and dressed in a zingy lemon dressing, this is the perfect summer side salad. Ready to serve in 25 minutes, it comes together easily and can be made ahead of time.
4cupsshreded cabbage can replace one cup with purple cabbage
1cupromaine lettucethinly sliced
1 1/2 cupdiced cucumbersmall homegrown or English cucumbers only
3/4cupgreen onionfinely sliced
1cupred radishpetite diced
1cupbell pepperany color
1cuppometanate seeds(optional if in season)
1/4cuplemon juiceor 1 large lemon
1/4 cupolive oilextra virgin
1/4cuppomegranate molassessuper important
3/4tspsaltor more to taste
Wash all ingredients and dry well.
Shred the cabbage and either dice or slice the remainder of the ingredients. Ingredients must be cut small in size. See photos. Place everything in a big bowl and set aside.
Squeeze a lemon or two, to get 1/4 cup and place in a small cup or bowl. Add the remainder of the dressing ingredients and whisk well so the salt doesn't settle on the bottom. You can also just add all these ingredients straight into the salad bowl.
Add the dressing to the salad and mix just to coat everything well. Do not overmix and crush the veggies.
Transfer to a new bowl if desired, and serve with some fried pita.
Cut the salad ingredients into small dices of similar sizes. This will help all of the ingredients to combine well with each other.
Use the freshest and ripest vegetables you have for the best flavor, and organic if you can.
I like to add some fried pita to this salad to serve. You can fry squares of pita in a little oil on the stovetop or bake in the oven.
Use fresh lemon juice for the dressing, it really does make all the difference!
Do not skip the pomegranate molasses. I recommend a brand called Yamama or Cortas. Both are found on Amazon or oriental stores.
Do not mix the salad with dressing until you are ready to eat it.
Salad can be prepped hours ahead and covered until ready to use.
If you have left over, store the salad without the juices to prevent from getting too soggy.