Za'atar is the name of a middle eastern spice mix. This delicious za’atar can be a sprinkling of flavour to transform any salad, hummus or soup! Or mix with olive oil to make a delicious flavoured oil, lovely drizzled over toasted pittas.

Takes 15 minutes

Serves 1


  • 50 g pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • Pinch chilli peppers


  • In a large dry pan on medium to high heat, toast the cumin and coriander seeds and the pine nuts for 6-8 minutes, until the pine nuts have browned, taking care not to burn them or you can toast them on a baking tray in a preheated oven for 8-10 mins at 180 C – tossing the tray a few times to ensure they do not burn.
  • Then simply add all the ingredients to a pestle and mortar with a generous pinch of salt and grind down or put them in a sealed zip lock bag and bash with the back of a mug or rolling pin till they reach a crumb like texture but with a little bite.
  • Keep in a clean sealed jar or airtight container
  • Use as a condiment and sprinkle to transform a salad. This delicious za’atar can be a sprinkling of flavour to any salad, hummus or soup!


Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 3mg
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