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Inspired by the fresh, delicious flavors of the Middle East, this za’atar cucumber tomato salad is bold and unforgettable. Make this incredible salad as a light lunch or side dish today!

A chopped salad is presented in a white bowl.

When I first discovered za’atar seasoning, I fell in love. Seriously, I think I added a teaspoon of that stuff to just about everything I made for weeks! It’s a tangy, addictive seasoning that I just can’t get enough of it!

Of all the recipes I’ve whipped up with za’atar, (like roasted za’atar chicken wraps), this cucumber tomato salad is the one I find myself making on a weekly basis. It’s made with simple, fresh ingredients and it all comes together in just minutes.

Next time you want to make a new, boldly flavored side dish, consider making this za’atar cucumber tomato salad. Be warned, though – it’ll probably steal all of the attention away from the main entree!

A tomato and cucumber salad has been tossed with wooden salad tossers next to uncut vegetables.

Ingredients for za’atar cucumber tomato salad

The best thing about this recipe is really how clean it is. There are no artificial preservatives or other junky chemicals. This is a simple, inexpensive salad that your body will be grateful for!

  • Cucumbers – The best cucumbers to use are Persian! I love how crunchy they are compared to English cucumbers.
  • Tomatoes – I always use roma tomatoes, but beefsteak works too.
  • Shallot – Shallots are perfect for this recipe because they provide a delicate sweetness to the other ingredients. In a pinch, a yellow onion also works.
  • Tarragon – Use fresh, not dried tarragon for best flavor.
  • Za’atar seasoning – I use 2 heaping teaspoons, but I won’t judge you for using even more!
  • Salt and pepper
A white bowl of salad is presented on a gray tea cloth.

What should I serve za’atar cucumber tomato salad with?

Your entree doesn’t necessarily need to be Middle Eastern to accompany this fresh salad! In fact, I sometimes find it to be a lot of fun to combine different foods from around the world one one plate.

Here are just a few entrees I serve this salad alongside:

What other veggies can I sneak into this salad?

I love keeping it simple with just chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and diced shallots. However, you can certainly add more veggies to the mix!

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and arugula would all taste delicious when tossed into this easy salad.

A large wooden spoon is lifting a small serving of tomatoes and cucumbers from the bowl.

Here are some more of my favorite salads to serve on the side!

Chopped Endive and Romaine Salad

Nutty Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Quick Basic Chopped Salad

Best Summer Tomato Salad

Bulgar and Summer Vegetable Salad

Za’atar Cucumber Tomato Salad

Inspired by the fresh, delicious flavors of the Middle East, this za'atar cucumber tomato salad is bold and unforgettable!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 5 persian cucumbers, cubed
  • 4 medium roma tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 heaping teaspoons za'atar seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss, and serve chilled or at room temperature.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 44 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 10 mg | Potassium: 472 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g

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Saturday 17th of July 2021

Which za'atar seasoning do you use? Too many variations. Thanks!

Julie Chiou

Monday 26th of July 2021

i used one i got at a middle eastern supermarket.