Wild zaatar salad

September 4, 2020  •  Category: ,


Wild zaatar in bowl

A couple of friends in our mountain village of  Deir el-Qamar  told me that it was time to go forage for zaatar. This is a variety of zaatar that is made into a salad, not dried and ground into a powder:  Lots of onion, tomatoes and olives and fresh zaatar. It is pungent but so fragrant the peppery bite is worth it. The assertive flavor of this zaatar is perfect with a roasted sausage or some lamb chops.

View of DEir

High up in the mountains (with the blue cast) are the cedars of the Barouk.

zaatar salad

Wild zaatar salad

Joumana Accad Mediterranean, Middle Eastern September 4, 2020 Main Dish, Salads, salad, healthy, zaatar, foraging, wild edible herbs, oregano,

4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes


2 cups wild zaatar or green zaatar

1 onion, chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 cup olives

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

salt, pepper



Place all ingredients in a bowl.

Mix the dressing and add the ingredients, toss and serve.

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  1. JIHAD BILAL says:

    Hello. Nice recipe and it sounds delicious. Where can I buy the Green Zaatar in the United State and specifically in Southern California? Thank you!

    • Joumana Accad says:

      @JIHAD BILAL Hello Jihad, I would start out at the Arab grocers, and ask them if they carry it. If not, you can find some other herb that would work like verdolaga (sold in Latino stores and known in Lebanon as bakle’)

  2. John Barkett says:

    Just beautiful , I want this salad !!!

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