New Jersey Fattoush

Executive digital editor Helen Rosner got the recipe for this Middle Eastern bread salad from her Palestinian mother-in-law, who—over decades living in the U.S.—has tweaked a traditional recipe into something decidedly (and deliciously) Americanized: crushed pita chips, a dressing of lime juice and dried mint, and crisp, sweet iceberg lettuce.

New Jersey Fattoush New Jersey Fattoush
This recipe for this Middle Eastern bread salad from her Palestinian mother-in-law, who—over decades living in the U.S.—has tweaked a traditional recipe into something decidedly (and deliciously) Americanized: crushed pita chips, a dressing of lime juice and dried mint, and crisp, sweet iceberg lettuce.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 12 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 14 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. dried mint
  • 2 Persian or Kirby cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced into ¼” pieces
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped or torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tomato, quartered and sliced into ¼” pieces
  • 2 cups pita chips (such as Stacy’s), gently crushed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Marinate sliced onion in the vinegar for 3–5 minutes. Drain onion, discarding vinegar. In a large bowl, combine onion with lime juice, oil, mint, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and half the pita chips. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let salad rest for 5 minutes before adding reserved pita chips; toss again and serve.