Zaatar Bruschetta

It is always fun to combine traditional recipes from around the world and give it a Middle Eastern flair. I had some friends come over for dinner and I wanted to make them something with a special twist.

I absolutely love the traditional Italian bruschetta; it is a flavourful, fresh and just simply delicious. Recently I have become obsessed with the wonderful flavour of fresh thyme, in Arabic it is called Zaatar. There are two popular ways that Zaatar is consumed: fresh or dry. The dry zaatar is typically a wonderful dry mixture of ground thyme, oregano, sumac, marjarem, fresh salt and sesame seeds. The fresh zaatar leaves have a strong and bold flavour that is absolutely delicious in salads.

For my recipe I thinly slice red onion and combined it with olive oil, salt and sumac. I leave the mixture to rest for about fifteen to twenty minutes. I then add some fresh zaatar leaves and cherry tomatoes and serve this wonderful mixture over toasted french baguette slices, and finally top with feta cheese crumbles. The bread slices were very easy to prepare, I simply preheated my Electrolux Combi-Steam oven at 180 degrees Celsius and toasted slices of french baguette brushed with a garlic and olive oil mixture.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.


Zaatar Bruschetta

April 6, 2017

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins


Bread base:

1 baguette, sliced

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp crushed garlic


1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters

2 cups zaatar leaves

2 tsp sumac

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


¼ cup Greek Feta cheese, crumbled


1Pre-heat oven at 200 degrees C. Cut baguette into slices. Mix olive oil and garlic to make a paste and brush over the baguette slices. Bake in oven for 5 minutes.

2In a medium sized mixing bowl combine onions, sumac and olive oil; mix ingredients together and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. Add zaatar leaves and cherry tomatoes to the onion mix.

3On each slice of toasted break layer the zaatar mix and top with some feta cheese crumble.