If you visit here often you know I am a big fan of the spices. Big and bold flavors here, and usually with an International twist or two. Today it’s all about my Lebanese Zaatar Spice Blend, a spice blend you can put on just about anything savory for that pop of flavor.
Zaatar is a fantastic, tangy, flavorful spice mix of ground sumac, thyme, sesame seeds and salt. I often add a bit of ground or toasted cumin seeds, but that’s optional. The perfect blend to anoint oiled bread, to be sprinkled on top of hummus, soups, salads and just about anything I can think of actually. I love it on steamed vegetables especially.
The other day I posted these amazing Zucchini Herb Fritters with Lemon Garlic Yogurt. Well today I am setting you up with a primo snack tray to serve guests. The mix includes the lemon garlic yogurt dipping sauce, olive oil, fresh Persian cucumbers, fresh made hummus and sesame bread. The star of this is the Zaatar. It’s lemony flavored, it’s a little salty, it has that rich, warm sesame and herbal notes from thyme.
I hope you give this and all the others a try! Enjoy.
Feel free to serve it with breadsticks to dip in the oil and then the Zaatar.
I also use chopped vegetables like carrots and celery. One dip in the yogurt then the Zaatar and in my mouth!
Sprinkled on top of the hummus, or whatever else you might think of like soups, this Zaatar adds another depth of flavor to whatever it touches.
Lebanese Zaatar Spice Blend
- 1 tbsp salt
- 6 tbsp ground sumac
- 6 tbsp dried thyme
- 6 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
- 1 tbsp ground cumin optional
- Place the spices in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container. This makes 1 cup.