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Fattoush Sandwich

Fast food existed long before fast food franchises. Fattoush is a Middle Eastern bread salad that’s not only fun to say, it’s quick and smart, making use of stale pita. The bread is torn up and tossed with veggies including summer-ripe tomatoes and cooling cuke. It’s bracing to eat, easy to make. Here it’s reconstructed and further simplified, with the vegetables dressed and stuffed in a pita or stacked on slices of whole wheat bread. Takes minutes to make and you can do it yourself. Add a blob of hummus for a beany, proteiny treat.


  • 2 pitas split or 4 slices sturdy whole wheat bread
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 ripe tomato sliced thin
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced thin
  • 1 slice onion sliced thin and then halved
  • 1 roasted red pepper sliced into strips (jarred peppers are fine)
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of za’atar* as an extra treat


  • Arrange a layer of spinach leave on half the pita or on 2 slices of bread. Add sliced tomato, cucumber, onion and roasted pepper.
  • Just before serving, squeeze lemon juice on top, add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and a sprinkle of optional za’atar.
  • Top with the other half of the pita or remaining slices of bread.
  • Press down gently to keep vegetables in place. Slice in half, if desired. Serves 2.
  • *An earthy blend of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds available in many gourmet and Middle Eastern markets.