Adrian Gaut

Time to stock up on this Middle Eastern spice.

May 13, 2016

Upgrade your favorite dishes with Za'atar, the delicious Middle Eastern blend of sesame seeds, herbs and sumac.

1. Za'atar-Spiced Beet Dip with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts

Impress guests with this beautiful bright red dip.

2. Grilled Squash, Corn and Kale Salad with Sunflower Seed Vinaigrette

The creamy sunflower seed dressing for this hearty summer salad is flavored with za’atar, the classic Middle Eastern spice mix that often includes thyme, oregano or marjoram, sesame seeds, tangy sumac and often salt. It really brings out the fresh flavors of the squash, corn and kale, which are at their peak during the summer.

 Adrian Gaut

The creamy sunflower seed dressing for this hearty summer salad is flavored with za'atar.

3. Quinoa with Za'atar, Grilled Chicken and Dried Cranberries

Tossing quinoa with Za'atar is a simple way to boost the flavor in this healthy dish.

4. Open-Face Omelets with Spicy Feta and Escarole

These spicy vegetarian omelets come together in just 20 minutes.

5. Grilled Branzino Fillets with Potato & Spinach Salad

Star chef Michael Solomonov flavors the warm potato-and-egg salad here with a red wine vinaigrette, then spices it with za'atar.

6. Grilled Middle Eastern Meatballs

Pass crisp lettuce leaves and tangy yogurt with these cumin-spiced patties and assemble them at the table.

7. Za'atar Flatbreads with Cucumber-Yogurts Salad

Store-bought pizza dough is a great shortcut for these tasty flatbreads.