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Vegetable-Zaatar Salad

June 21, 2013

Vegetable Zatar Salad

When I cook for the blog I almost always have a very clear vision of what I want the result to look like. Usually the vision and finished product don’t entirely match. There’s too much that can go wrong in the kitchen & food photography and lighting can be very temperamental at times.

On the very rare occasion however it happens that the food I cook turns out exactly the way I envisioned it to, tasting even better than expected.

This salad fits into the latter category.

Vegetable Zatar Salad

Once again I was inspired by one of the thousand food blogs I follow,  Green Kitchen Stories. Luise and David’s blog is filled with all kinds of delicious, vegetarian recipes and boasts the most mouthwatering pictures. If you haven’t visited their blog yet I highly recommend you take a look around or even better pick up their cookbook which was released earlier this year. As with their blog, the cookbook is packed full with healthy meal ideas bursting with flavor. I’ve been cooking my way through the book and am in awe of their creativity and dedication to healthy eating.

One of their recipes I completely fell in love with is actually from the blog, Chickpea Za’atar Salad. I’ve made it several times before, always strictly following the recipe. But I felt like it was time to branch out a bit and play around with the recipe. I followed the original recipe as a guideline but added in basically a little bit of everything I could find in the kitchen. My flat mates were gathered around the kitchen table having lunch while I made this and were probably not sure whether the salad would actually be edible in the end. But let me tell you, it is! And it’s super delicious. Although technically the salad should serve 4, I ate more than half in one sitting and had I not told my flat mate that she could have the leftovers for dinner, I would have probably just scarfed it down straight from the serving bowl.


Vegetable-Zaatar Salad

slightly adapted from Chickpea Za’atar Salad from Green Kitchen Stories

serves 2-4


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 125g raw wheat berries
  • 2 medium sized zucchinis {1 green, 1 yellow}, chopped into small pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 5 small tomatoes, cut into eighth
  • 100g mushroom, thoroughly washed and chopped
  • 4 tbsp. raisins
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 50g feta cheese, crumbled

For the dressing:

  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 3 tbsp. zaatar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread out the chopped zucchini on the baking sheet and drizzle with a few tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then roast for 20-25 minutes.
  2. In the meantime cook the wheat berries according to instructions on the pack. Drain and set aside to let cool.
  3. Combine the drained chickpeas, chopped zucchini, tomatoes, raisins and spring onion in a large bowl.
  4. Heat up  a non-stick skillet and wait until hot. Then add the sliced mushrooms and wait for them to brown. Do not crowd them, rather cook them in several batches. Then add the mushrooms to the bowl with chopped vegetables.
  5. Add the cooked wheat berries to the bowl and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and dried parsley and add roughly chopped mint leaves.
  6. Then add the lemon juice, olive oil and zaatar and stir well so everything is covered with the dressing. Add crumbled feta when you are ready to serve.

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  • Reply Kathryn June 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This sounds really tasty – I have a jar of zaatar in my kitchen at the moment and I never really know what to do with it!

    • Reply Antonia June 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I used the one that we got at FBC last year. It was about time I do something with it.

  • Reply Christina August 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Mmm I’ll definitely have to give this one a try! It looks so healthy and nourishing.

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