This Za’atar dressing will make your lettuce salad come alive

Za’atar is a special blend of herbs, sesame and salt. Use it on your salad to heighten the flavours

lettuce salad with cherry tomatoes and horse radish

This salad uses Gem lettuce, which is a smaller, more compact and slightly sweeter version of the Romaine variety. Due to it’s small size it’s easy to grow Gem lettuce in containers in your kitchen gardens. If you can’t find this variety, simply use any other variety and give this dressing a try.

Serves 4


  • 4 gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • A large handful of salad leaves
  • 20g fl at leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 15g mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 small radish, finely sliced
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsps za’atar

Preparation method

  1. Make the salad by finely chopping half the leaves and mixing them with the other salad leaves, parsley, mint, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and radish.
  2. Make the lemon za’atar dressing by mixing together the olive oil, lemon juice and za’atar.
  3. Dress the salad with the dressing by pouring it over and mixing well.
  4. Serve the salad sprinkled with the lemon zest and garnish with whole gem lettuce leaves.

Did you know?

100 grams of lettuce leaves contain only 15 calories—among the lowest calorie ratios in green veggies. They may be low on calories but they are full of essential phyto-nutrients and vitamins, which make them a powerhouse of nutrition.

This was first published in the April 2015 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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