There are some flavor combinations that seem to make just about everything taste better. Za’ atar is one of them. There are many variations of spices included in this mix, but the basic components are oregano, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds. There’s something about this earthy blend with a Middle Eastern flair that makes me feel like I’ve upped my game a little – like I’ve created something a bit different and exotic.
Or maybe I’m just full of myself!
This is one of those dishes that almost makes itself. Very little prep work – just squeeze a lemon, slice an onion and dice a red pepper. So the next time you need to bring a salad to a party but don’t have much time, try this out. It’s guaranteed to impress!
Ingredients (serves 8 to 10)
4 14-ounce cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
1 red bell pepper (diced – about 1 cup)
1/2 medium red onion (thinly sliced – about 1 cup)
1 large bunch parlsey (finely chopped – about 3 cups)
1/4 cup capers (drained)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon za’ atar
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- Place the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk with a fork until completely blended.
- Place the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl and add the dressing. Mix well.
- Place the parsley in a food processor and gently pulse for about 1 minute until parsley is finely chopped.
- Add the parsley and remaining ingredients to the chickpeas and gently toss until everything is evenly coated with dressing.
- Serve chilled or room temperature.