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Za’atar Seasoning Blend (in 5 minutes)

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This Za’atar Seasoning is an amazing addition to many Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. Sprinkle it on hummus, pasta, salads and so much more. It’s so easy to create your very own spice blend!

Za'atar Seasoning in a white bowl.

The first time I had Za’atar seasoning I picked some up from Penzey’s Spices. I’ve always had a real passion for exotic spices and I knew this was something I had to try. And I was immediately hooked!

The ingredients for this spice mix are simple: sumac, white sesame seeds, thyme leaves and salt. That’s it. If you’ve ever had a fattoush salad, it tastes pretty much just like that! =)

If you’re wondering, sumac is a versatile spice that has a sweet lemony taste. You can sometimes find it at a specialty market near you, but it’s not too common so your best bet may be to buy sumac online. Sumac is absolutely crucial for this spice mix and I wouldn’t recommend making it without it. 

However, to substitute the thyme leaves, you can use oregano. Or I’ve seen other recipes that add a little cumin or coriander as well.

Za’atar Seasoning in a white bowl with hummus on the side.

How to make this Za’atar spice blend:

This is going to be a short explanation section because there’s not a lot to do! Just add all the spices together in a small bowl and stir until combined. That’s it. You are officially a spice maker. 😉

You can then add the spice blend to a spice jar, or put in an airtight container in the fridge and it will last for months.

I hope you enjoy this Za’atar Seasoning Blend as much as I do.

How to use Za’atar:

There a few ways I love to use this seasoning, but feel free to get creative!

  • I like using it on Za’atar Pasta with Hummus. I know pasta on hummus sounds crazy but it’s soooo good, and this seasoning gives this dish just the right flavor.
  • Add a bit to this Crushed Lentil Soup before serving.
  • Mix this seasoning with olive oil and use it as a dip for bread.
  • Add it to dips, tzatziki sauce, olives, or hummus.
  • Use it to make a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean-inspired salad dressing.
  • Sprinkle this spice mix on warm roasted vegetables.
  • Make a flatbread pizza with hummus, garlic and this seasoning on top.

Where to buy pre-made Za’atar seasoning?

If you don’t have the spices needed for this recipe on hand, you can generally buy this pre-mixed seasoning at your local spice store, or through Amazon (click here —> Za’atar Seasoning). But you won’t get the same bragging rights as when you make it yourself. =)

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Za’atar Seasoning

Za’atar Seasoning | via veggiechick.com

This Za’atar Seasoning is an amazing addition to many Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. Sprinkle it on hummus, pasta, salads and so much more. It’s so easy to create your very own spice blend!

  • Author: Christin McKamey
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Spices
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves (not ground)
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add all ingredients/spices and stir to combine. Transfer to a spice jar, or store in the fridge in an airtight container and it will last for months. This recipes makes 1/4 cup seasoning mix. 

Notes

  • You can use this Za’atar Seasoning in many ways. One of my favorite is this recipe for Za’atar Pasta with Hummus. Add a bit to this Crushed Lentil Soup before serving. Or you can also add to dips or salad dressings, sprinkle on roasted vegetables, or mix with olive oil and use as a dip for bread, So many options!
  • If you don’t have the spices needed for this recipe on hand, you can generally buy this pre-mixed seasoning at your local spice store, or through Amazon (click here —> Za’atar Seasoning). But you won’t get the same bragging rights as when you make it yourself. =)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 3
  • Sugar: .3
  • Sodium: 147.1
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: .7
  • Protein: .1

Keywords: za’atar seasoning, middle eastern seasoning, fattoush seasoning, za’atar spice

Update Notes: This post was originally published in April 2018, but was republished with tips and FAQs in September 2019.

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