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What is Za’atar?

The Culinistas dish Baked Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Everything You Need to Know About The Spice Blend Our Personal Chefs Can’t Stop Using

by The Culinistas

Za’atar 101

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend of dried marjoram, dried thyme, sumac, and toasted sesame seeds.  Extremely popular in Israel, za’atar is often utilized in hummus, dressings, marinades, sprinkled over flatbreads, and rubbed on fish and meats. The spice combination creates a fragrant, grassy flavor profile.  

Incorporate Za’atar Into Your Cooking

Sprinkle over popcorn; toss into your favorite chickpea and carrot couscous dish; season your morning frittata.  Our favorite place to source za’atar from is La Boȋte, a local NYC spice purveyor.  They recommend mixing the blend with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, then tossing it with thinly sliced red onions as the perfect component to any salad.  We love it blended into and sprinkled over our White Bean Hummus, as well as rubbed onto our Baked Salmon with Cucumber Salad.

Dimension and harmony. Za’atar brings a dish to a sonorific crescendo.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.