A lettuce salad is often pegged as ‘boring’ or ‘bland’ but this cos and green bean salad with Middle Eastern yoghurt dressing is anything but. In this episode, Emma says ‘Start with the best quality ingredients and the cooking part is easy!’, we couldn’t agree more, Emma. By just adding a few ingredients that complement each other well, each one is highlighted and not lost.
Emma adds the crowning glory to this crispy green salad by topping it with a zesty garlic yoghurt dressing with a Middle Eastern twist by adding our Middle Eastern Za’atar. This exotic spice blend incorporates the fragrance of herbs thyme and oregano, the tang of sumac and the crunch of sesame seeds.
Pair this salad with some grilled lamb or chicken or serve as a cooling, fresh side to some hot curry.
Use our easy-to-follow recipes and watch along Emma to whip this up yourself at home.
Spices used in this recipe
Middle Eastern Za’atar – Mild
Middle Eastern Zaatar is a delicious Middle Eastern spice blend made with sumac, thyme, oregano and sesame seeds. It is often used to flavour flat breads. This mixture has a nutty and fresh flavour and aroma. It is traditionally used to sprinkle over flat bread that has been brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted. In Australian cuisine, it works well as a Barbecue rub. There are many variations of Za’atar and it is widely used in the Middle East and Mediterranean in a similar way to how Mixed Herbs are used in European dishes.$3.45
Chillies Crushed – Med
Chillies are grown throughout the world and are used to add flavour and heat to many dishes. Dried chillies taste rather different to the fresh variety due to the caramelisation of the sugars that occurs during the drying process. They are used widely in Mexican, Asian, Indian and Italian dishes.
The full range of chillies that The Spice People stock can be found here$6.95
Combine the yoghurt, garlic, lemon, 1 tsp of za’atar, and olive oil together and season with salt. Set aside.
Cut the cos into quarters lengthwise, and arrange on a plate. Slice the green beans up and scatter over the cos.
Drizzle the yoghurt over the cos, and then sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds, chilli flakes and za’atar!
So quick fresh and delicious!