Za'atar Croutons: The Tasty Way To Top All Your Favorite Middle Eastern Dishes

Za'atar Croutons
Za'atar Croutons. Anita Schecter

Most carb lovers (translation: most people) tend to agree that croutons make everything better. Rarely would one encounter a salad or bowl of soup that wouldn't benefit from crunchy bits of seasoned and toasted bread. Sure, you can buy ready made croutons in a grocery store but homemade is so much better and very easy to make. And if crunchy toasted bread cubes are good, they're even better with za'atar seasoning. That combination of dried thyme, sumac, oregano, sesame seeds and salt that make up the most popular of Middle Eastern seasonings adds a blast of flavor to pretty much all savory foods.

Slice a couple of pieces of your favorite thick cut bread into 1" cubes, stir 1/2 teaspoon of za'atar seasoning into 2 tablespoons of olive oil, toss the bread cubes in the oil, place on a baking sheet and into a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Once done, toss them onto any of the servings suggestions below for extra deliciousness!

  • 01 of 08

    Creamy Potato Soup with Ras Al Hanout

    Potato Soup with Ras al Hanout
    Anita Schecter

    This recipe for a light but creamy potato soup is finished with a Middle Eastern spice blend. Ideal for the added crunch of croutons. 

  • 02 of 08

    Crunchy Middle Eastern Chicken Salad

    Crunchy Middle Eastern Chicken Salad
    Anita Schecter

    This recipe for chicken salad, with za'atar and lemon tahini dressing, gets plenty of crunch from carrots and almonds but there's never too much crunch if it means adding delicious croutons! 

  • 03 of 08

    Roasted Beet and Feta Cheese Salad with Sumac Dressing

    Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Sumac Dressing
    Anita Schecter

    This salad contains roasted beets, mixed greens, red onion and crumbled goat cheese with a sumac vinaigrette dressing. Wouldn't it be delicious with a handful of za'atar croutons? 

  • 04 of 08

    Cumin Cauliflower Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas

    Cumin Cauliflower Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas
    Anita Schecter

    This potato and cauliflower soup is topped with crunchy cumin roasted chickpeas but a few za'atar croutons couldn't hurt! 

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  • 05 of 08

    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad

    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad
    Anita Schecter

    This traditional Middle Eastern bread salad with asparagus and tomatoes uses toasted pita bread. But it would be both easy and delicious to substitute za'atar croutons.

  • 06 of 08

    Middle Eastern Party Salad Platter

    Middle Eastern Party Salad
    Anita Schecter

    This appetizer party platter of delicious Middle Eastern flavors and ingredients certainly deserves to have a bowl of za'atar croutons included.

  • 07 of 08

    Spinach and Dumpling Squash Salad

    Spinach and Dumpling Squash Salad
    Anita Schecter

    This beautiful spinach, feta and cumin roasted chickpeas salad in a roasted dumpling squash would be even more special with a handful of za'atar croutons. 

  • 08 of 08

    Chickpea and Brussels Sprout Salad with Tahini Dressing

    Chickpea and Brussels Sprout Salad with Tahini Dressing
    Anita Schecter

    Add a few za'atar croutons to this salad of chickpeas and shredded Brussels sprouts with a lemon tahini dressing for some added crunch. 

Don't Forget to Top It!

So, whether you're serving soup, salad or anything else that would benefit from the crunch of toasty bread, don't forget to make a batch of za'atar croutons and sprinkle generously.