Summertime Salad Recipe

Summertime Salad with Za’atar
by Frankie Leigh Niwot, Nutritional TherapistSumac

This is a special twist on a summertime salad stocked full of fresh vegetables and some
of my favorite summertime herbs – mint and parsley. This salad is topped with Za’atar, a
unique blend of herbs and seeds that is based in sumac – a little known and seldom used
spice that offers many healing qualities to our digestive system. Sumac grows wild in the
Mediterranean region and is at the heart of many Arabic recipes. Dried and ground, this
berry gives a lemony taste while holding onto its nutty texture. These power packed
berries are high in anthocyanin antioxidants that increase circulation as well as reducing
our risk of cancer and other free radical damage in the body. Sumac is also used as an
herb for helping with digestive upset and is thought to have antimicrobial effects as
well! I’ll take a sprinkle of that on just about anything! Blend this magical berry with high
quality and abundant local veggies – and you are living the summertime daydream!

To make this salad resemble a more traditional Fattoush salad, make good use of stale
bread or add oiled and grilled pita to the mix. Crumbled flaxseed crackers also do the
trick while adding more nutrient density. With or without these crunchy additions, the
salad is a delight! Enjoy and happy summer!

Summertime Salad
inspired by Sarah Britton @ My New Roots


  • 2 medium cucumbers, with skins
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¾ cup chopped mint
  • optional raw flax crackers or grilled pita


  • ¼ cup extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • ¼ cup juice of a lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • a couple pinches of sea salt and black pepper

Za’atar Sprinkles

  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sumac
  • 2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano


1. Dice cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, red and green onions into bite-sized pieces.

2. Using just the leaves, wash and spin dry herbs. Chop. Add to veggies and place in

a large bowl.

3. Place dressing ingredients in a jar with lid and shake. Pour dressing over salad

and let set for 30 minutes before serving

4. Before serving, sprinkle za’atar and optional crackers on the salad

5. Save remaining za’tar in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.

Written by Watershed Team

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