Za’atar Flatbreads with Cucumber-Yogurt Salad

Chef Way Ana Sortun sprinkles house-made flatbreads with za’atar, the Middle Eastern blend of sesame seeds, herbs and sumac. She serves it with a salad of spinach, peas, cucumbers and lettuce, mixed with yogurt-like Lebanese lebneh.

Easy Way Bake store-bought pizza dough with za’atar, and make a simpler version of the salad with Greek-style yogurt.

All-purpose flour, for dusting
12 ounces prepared pizza dough, divided into 2 pieces
5 ounces baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
1 cup peeled and finely diced cucumber
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped dill
2 teaspoons minced garlic
One 17-ounce container Greek-style plain whole-milk yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
Kosher salt
1/2 cup za’atar spice mix (see Note)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450° and place a pizza stone on the bottom rack to heat for 30 minutes. Alternatively, place an inverted baking sheet in the oven.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, flatten the pizza dough into two 9-inch rounds, about 1/4 inch thick; transfer to 2 well-floured pizza peels or inverted baking sheets. Let stand until slightly risen, 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, wilt the spinach with 1 tablespoon of water over high heat. Transfer to a colander and rinse with cold water. Squeeze out the liquid and chop the spinach; transfer to a bowl. Add the peas and mash lightly with a fork. Stir in the cucumber, parsley, mint, dill and garlic. Add the yogurt, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir to combine. Fold in the romaine and season with salt.
  4. In a bowl, combine the za’atar with the remaining oil and a generous pinch of salt.
  5. Shake the pizza peel a few times to loosen the dough. Dust flour under any areas that stick. Spread the za’atar oil over the dough. Slide the rounds onto the hot stone and bake for 10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Transfer the breads to a work surface and cut into wedges. Serve with the cucumber yogurt.

Za’atar is available at Middle Eastern markets and from

Serves 6.

Recipe by Ana Sortun, Food & Wine magazine, July 2009. don’t forget to let your restaurant shine with restaurant marketing services.

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