Southern Fattoush Salad

Fattoosh Salad, a Cooking Light Recipe Renovation | Recipe RenovatorSince I love black-eyed peas and salads of all kinds, I was instantly drawn to this Cooking Light recipe, which blends Mediterranean and Southern U.S. ingredients. I have never made a bread salad, called panzanella in Italy, so I was interested to see how my gluten-free bread would work. One word: Yum.

The renovation: I substituted Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread for the pita. If you can get gluten-free pita, use that. Next time I will try a frozen gluten-free pizza crust, as it’s very similar to pita in thickness and texture and should toast up beautifully. I happened to have a little bit of dried sumac from a trip to the spice store. While I’m sure this would be fine without it, I know the sumac added a wonderful dimension to the dressing and is THE ingredient that makes this authentically Lebanese. I also soaked the onion in cold water to make it more palatable in raw form. I cooked the black-eyed peas using the Beany Brothy Deliciousness method in my pressure cooker.

Suitable for:

vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

migraine diets

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    Southern Fattoush Salad
  • Bread salad is re-imagined with a blend of Southern and Middle-Eastern ingredients. Southern fattoush salad.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
6 servings 30 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes


Servings: servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C/gas mark 6.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well to combine.
  3. Put the minced onion in a bowl of very cold water and soak for 10 minutes to remove the sharp taste. Drain thoroughly and pat dry with a kitchen or paper towel.
  4. Arrange torn bread in a single layer on a baking sheet covered in parchment. Spray lightly with cooking oil spray.
  5. Bake for 7 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Cool completely. Reserve one or two handfuls for topping the salad.
  6. Combine tomato and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining toasted bread and dressing to bowl; toss well to coat. Top evenly with reserved 1/2 cup toasted bread. Serve immediately.

Recipe notes

Per serving:  

  • 280 calories
  • 19 g fat
  • 9 g cholesterol
  • 678 mg sodium (68 mg sodium with salt omitted and no-salt-added beans.)
  • 386 mg potassium
  • 23 g carbohydrate
  • 5 g fiber
  • 6 g sugars
  • 5 g protein
  • 7  Weight Watchers Points Plus

To reduce sodium further, use salt-free black-eyed peas, lower-sodium mustard and gluten-free bread. Analysis was done with regular canned beans.
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  1. says

    Stephanie I love the combination of fresh ingredients and new flavors in this salad. I save the heels from my gluten-free bread in a zipped bag in the freezer, then toast them and crumble them as needed. I’ll have to give that a try with this recipe.

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