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Home-made Za'atar

Za'atar is used as a complimentary spice in Israeli cuisine. Its nutty, bright flavors make a great rub for meat and wonderful spice for roasted vegetables.


What is Za’atar? 


Za'atar is a classic Middle Eastern spice blend that is both tangy and refreshing. Za'atar refers to wild thyme herbs that grow year-round in the Middle East. The herb resembles oregano but tastes like thyme. It is thought to be the hyssop (ezov) herb mentioned in the Torah. The dried herbs are added to a spice blend, known as za'atar. Za'atar is made from sumac, thyme, roasted sesame seeds, and sea salt.  


Za'atar is quite simple to make at home by combining an equal amount of the spices listed above with salt and pepper to taste. Of course, you can also find it in many supermarkets and Middle Eastern shops. 


Za'atar is mostly used as a complimentary spice in Israeli cuisine. It is traditionally mixed with olive oil and then topped on hummus and tahina. It can be used in a variety of ways - most notably, slathered on fresh laffa or pita bread.  


Za'atar's earthy, nutty, bright flavors make a great rub for meat and wonderful spice for roasted vegetables. Its also amazing sprinkled on some sliced feta cheese or added to a cheese board with olives, nuts, and sliced tomatoes. 



Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

Level of Difficulty: Easy 

Kashrut Type: Parve 




1 tbsp. sumac 

1 tbsp. dry thyme 

1 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds 

1 tbsp. sea salt 

2 tsp. oregano or marjoram 





1. Combine all the spices.  

2. Store in a sealed jar in a cool dry place for six months. 



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