Healthy Eating

High-protein fattoush salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes  | Total Time: 15 minutes  | *Servings: 4 

Fattoush is a traditional Lebanese salad in which the main ingredients are toasted pita bread, romaine lettuce, mint leaves and fresh parsley. This twist on the traditional salad includes digestive-friendly ingredients such as green onions, cucumbers and mint. Romaine lettuce is optional. Adding chickpeas and tuna will turn this refreshing salad into a complete entrée. Remember that canned light tuna or salmon is a convenient way of increasing your daily intake of arthritis-friendly omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality protein.   

Nutritional information (per serving*): 
Calories: 300; Protein (16g); Total Fat (18g); Saturated Fat (3g); Unsaturated fat (12g); Carbohydrates (29g); Fibre (7g); Sodium (420mg).



  • 4 slices whole grain bread or pita bread  
  • 4 radishes, thinly chopped   
  • 4 green onions, chopped  
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped  
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped or sliced  
  • ½ medium green pepper, chopped  
  • 1 can light tuna or salmon  
  • ½ can chickpeas, drained and rinsed  
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped  
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint, finely chopped or 2 tsp of dried mint  
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)  


  • 1 to 2 tsp minced garlic  
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice  
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil  
  • Salt and black pepper to taste  


Step 1
Toast the bread, just enough to turn them golden and crisp, break it into bread crumb sized pieces. Set aside.  

Step 2
In a large salad bowl, combine the radishes, green onions, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, canned tuna or salmon, chickpeas, parsley and mint. Toss well.   

Image 1 - Step 1 - toasted bread - Image 2 - Step 2 - radishes, green onions, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, canned tuna or salmon, chickpeas, parsley and mint

Step 3
In a small bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.   

Step 4
Pour half of the vinaigrette into the salad mixture and marinate for about 30 minutes in the fridge.   

Step 5
Mix in the pieces of toasted bread. Add the remaining vinaigrette and toss well. Top with feta cheese (if using). Serve immediately.   

Photo 1 - Step 3 - vinaigrette, Photo 2 - Step 4 - all ingredients together with some feta on top

Extra tips:

  • Use a food processor to chop the fresh parsley and fresh mint leaves.  
  • Use pre-chopped garlic, infused in olive oil, if you are unable to peel and chop cloves of garlic.