Vanessa LaBranche, Project Bread

School Lunch


Za’atar has been a staple in Middle-Eastern cuisine for centuries. Typically, this blend includes sumac (a sour cherry-like flavor), salt, dried thyme and/or oregano, and sesame seeds. This is a versatile blend that can be used as a finishing spice (think everything bagel mix) to a grilling and roasting seasoning and everything in between.

Yield: 5 cups, 80 servings, 1 Tbsp portions


4 cups sesame seeds, toasted until fragrant
2 cups dried thyme leaves
2 cups sumac
2/3 cup black pepper, ground
½ cup kosher salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated (due to the sesame seeds).

Nutritional Information

Calories 47 calories Saturated Fat 0.54 g Sodium 469 mg Carbohydrate 3 g

* nutrient data and allergen information may vary depending on the specific ingredients and equipment used in your location.

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