Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe

My Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe is based on traditional Lebanese Fattoush Salad. It is healthy and tasty and the best tuna salad I have ever made.


Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad RecipeLebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe

Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad is based on the authentic version of Fattoush Salad I have tried from several Lebanese home cooks and restaurant owners.  It is quite honestly the tastiest and most refreshing tuna salad recipe I have eaten. I mean seriously; it reminds me of my Aunt Ruby and eating peas.

Aunt Ruby and The Peas Pot

Aunt Ruby wanted her beau to think she ate like a petite woman of 90 pounds. It mattered not that she was nearly 6 feet tall and could handle a herd of cattle and worked in accounting at a time when it was truly “not a woman‘s place to work”. 
She invited her beau for supper to meet her parents. They had the typical southern fare for special company, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and a big pot of peas. (you would know them as green peas).
She spent half the supper-time slicing her peas in half with a fork and knife as if it were going to impress her guy. The thing was she was darn hungry after the meal. She jumped up to clear the table. The dining room and the kitchen were separate rooms, which helped with the heat in the old days. Otherwise, you melt away at the dining table in the summer.
So Ruby was safely tucked away in the kitchen with the door closed.
Her daddy went to check on her because she had been gone a long while. Ruby was standing over the peas pot and eating them by the spoonful.  Her daddy got chuckled and shared the story to anyone who would listen, even on the day Ruby finally married her beau.  To this day, the story of Ruby and the Peas Pot lives on.
And with that backstory… this is how much I love my  Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe. I love this tuna recipe like Aunt Ruby loved peas.


Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe with Toasted Pita and MintWhat is Fattoush?

Fattoush is a Lebanese peasant salad made with toasted or fried bread and freshly chopped vegetables including cucumbers and radishes. It is a salad often served with family meals and you will probably see a freshly made hummus as well. Fresh herbs are really what drew me to the Fattoush salad, especially mint. Often Sumac is used in the dressing and as a hint of garnish. However, lemon juice and lemon rind combined with olive oil make a wonderful dressing as well. Sumac is often used when lemons are not in season.
This makes Fattoush so wonderful because the salad is made with seasonal vegetables.


Fattoush Salad Bread SaladHow to toast Pita Bread for Fattoush

There are several methods used for the bread in  Fattoush salad, frying, baking, even toasting in a pinch. For our tuna salad recipe, I use olive oil and baked until golden brown at 350 degrees. My son loves the pita bread cooked this way, so much that I always make plenty extra and add to snack bags for his lunches.

Toasted pita at home is much better than buying store-bought pita chips. These can be quite hard and not truly palatable for salad.

For the tuna salad, I cut the bread first into longer bite-sized pieces, this works perfectly for our fattoush tuna.

Reasons We Love Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad

  1. Like traditional Fattoush this is a salad made from fresh vegetables and delicious toasted Arabic bread.
  2. Fattoush Tuna Salad is a change from traditional tuna salad.
  3. It is budget-friendly and healthy.
  4. The fresh mint and parsley are a real treat in the salad.
  5. Good olive oil and the citrus tang of fresh lemon make the best dressing for this salad. Mayo would fight the flavors of the vegetables and herbs.

Ground Sumac for Fattoush and Lebanese Recipes especially good for chopped salad.

Where to buy Sumac

Ground sumac is a versatile spice with a tangy lemony flavor and less tart than lemon juice. A small sprinkle also adds a beautiful pop of color to any dish. It can actually replace the lemon in the tuna salad dressing.
Sumac is usually available in larger grocery stores but if you cannot find it you can order sumac online. Larger cities have specialty grocery stores and spice stores that will have sumac.  I have found the ground spice at Whole Foods and Sprouts, however, you can find it here on Amazon. Ground Sumac


Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad with Pita Bread and Tomato WedgesWhat to serve with Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad

Fattoush Tuna Salad is wonderful over chopped Romaine lettuce or mixed salad greens. Add tomato wedges, sliced cucumbers, radish slices, or whatever vegetable is fresh and local to your community. Even fresh fruit is yummy with the salad. Add some grilled pita bread for a more filling dinner.  If you are having this a wonderful addition is a meal scoop of homemade hummus. Homemade or from a very good restaurant are your best choices. I find that grocery stores rarely carry quality hummus. But if you are busy, find a grocery hummus is chemical-free and uses real olive oil and other real ingredients.


Here are some other fabulous tuna recipes.

Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Is Yummy!

My Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe is based on traditional Lebanese Fattoush Salad. It is healthy and tasty and the best tuna salad I have ever made. The tuna with the fresh mint and parsley, freshly chopped vegetables, lemon, olive oil, and toasted pita really make this salad a go to in my kitchen recipe collection. Enjoy!

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Lebanese Tuna Fattoush Salad Recipe
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Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe

Lebanese Fattoush Tuna Salad Recipe

A fresh tuna salad recipe based on traditional Lebanese Fattoush Salad.


  • 2 cans 50z tuna drained
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4  cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tsp honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup toasted pita pieces - please add right before serving
  • 1 Tsp ground sumac (optional garnish)


  1. Gather all ingredients
  2. Combine tuna, chopped vegetables, olive oil, lemon juice, and honey.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, however, I only add about a Tsp or two of salt and it is fine.
  5. Mix with your toasted pita right before serving. If you add it too soon it will become soggy!
  6. Sprinkle with Ground Sumac (optional)


For variation add a cup of cooked and chilled garbanzo beans.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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