Israeli Salad with Za’atar Dressing

Israeli Salad

Light up your Shabbat table or your succah with a bright, fresh and healthy Israeli Salad. We have added za’atar to the recipe to add a little extra flavor. You can serve this as a simple appetizer or side dish but we also love to prepare little Pita pockets with a handful of salad, Kafta and Tahini Sauce. This is a perfect dish for your Shabbat luncheon or Succot celebration.

Serves 4-6


For the Salad:

  • 4 tomatoes, deseeded, chopped and strained of excess liquid
  • 3 Middle Eastern (also called Armenian or Persian) cucumbers or 1 English cucumber, chopped (leave peel on)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Add chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley and mint to a large bowl
  2. Put lemon juice and za’atar in a separate bowl and whisk in olive oil
  3. Add salt and adjust seasoning if necessary
  4. Spoon a few teaspoons of dressing into the bowl at a time and toss


Breaking Matzo

Za’atar is spice blend combining toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and sumac.

Breaking Matzo

Combine: dried thyme, 1 Tbs. lightly toasted sesame seeds, 1 Tbs. ground sumac, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano or marjoram, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt in a spice grinder.

Phyllis Adamson

Sorry, I have no idea what is Za atar is but the salad sounds
lovely and refreshing. I make a salad for my husband and myself
every night and I am always looking for a different on than we
had last night.

Breaking Matzo

Za’atar is a spice blend of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and sumac.


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