Looking for ways to eat more vegetables, led me to this salad. It is delicious and can be made at a moments notice from ingredients on hand. Paired with some whole grain bread and a piece of fresh fruit, it will also make a wonderful lunch or light supper.
With spring and summer coming on, you will want to remember this salad. When served, offer additional Za'atar seasoning so folks can add more of the delicious flavor to their serving, I did. The herby/toasted sesame flavor is really good.
|Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad with Za'atar|
This salad calls for Za'atar, which is a spice blend. I did not find on my spice shelf, but it is very easy to make, so I have included a homemade version, let's start with the Za'atar.......
adapted from, the world wide web
makes about 1/4 cup
1 T toasted sesame seeds
1 T marjoram leaves
1 T thyme leaves
1 T oregano leaves
2 T sumac
3/4 t salt
Using a mortar and pestle, coarsely grind sesame seeds and place is a small jar. Separably grind the each of the herbs, placing each into the same jar. Add the sumac and salt, cap and shake to combine.
Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad
adapted from, Kalyn's Kitchen
1 large English cucumber, peeled if desired
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 c sliced black olives
1/4 c sliced green onion
1 c cottage cheese
Quarter the cucumber lengthwise, the slice. Add to a medium size bowl. Around the rim of the bowl, add the halved tomatoes, sliced olives and then the sliced green onions.
In the center place the cottage cheese. Sprinkle with a generous tablespoon of Za'atar seasoning, more if desired.
Toss well before serving.
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