Za’atar is an traditional spice mix from the middle east. The recipe for this mix can vary by region and even by family. But in the base you can find the following spices; sumac, sesame seeds and thym. In addition you can find hints of coriander, cumin, pepper, anise seeds, salt and citrus flavours. Traditional this spice is just as a dip for bread with some olive oil, but za’atar is also a good rubbing spice for fish and chicken.
In this mezze dip I used a pre-made za’atar spice mix. Depending on the taste of the mix you use you might need to add some extra salt to this recipe. I love to eat the yogurt za’atar dip with some fresh bread but works also really good with kebab skewers. Because this dip is made with plain low fat yoghurt it is a healthy dip or sauce that works with many mezze dishes but also is great during a summer barbeque.
Check out more Mezze dips such as a beetroot hummus dip or a flavourful dip of slow roasted vegetables.
Mezze za'atar dipPrint Recipe
- - 250 ml of greek yogurt
- - zest of 1 lime
- - 10 ml of lime juice
- - 1/2 cup of shredded mint leaves
- - 1 tablespoon of za'atar spices
- - pinch of salt
- - pinch of pepper
- - 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Mix the yogurt with the lime zest, lime juice, shredded mint and za'atar spices
Add salt and pepper to taste
Before serving drizzle the olive oil on top of the mezze dip
How thick the dip will be depends on the thickness of the yogurt you will be using. If you have a thick yoghurt the dip wil hold as a dip. If you looking for more of a za'atar sauce you could use plain yogurt instead of greek yogurt.