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Za’atar Cucumber Salad

When it comes to BBQs, those center-of-plate proteins—burgers, chicken, and hot dogs—generally get all the attention. But we’re all about the veg-forward side dishes that make cookouts great. And we aren’t talking your average coleslaw, either.

Next time you fire up the grill, add this cool-meets-spicy cucumber salad to the side instead. It’s refreshing and crunchy and has just the right amount of heat.

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Za’atar Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Misfits Market



For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar seasoning
  • Kosher salt 


For the salad:

  • 1 English cucumber, skin peeled if desired, sliced into ½-inch rounds
  • 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, thinly sliced into rounds


  1. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, grated garlic, lemon juice, honey, and za’atar until combined. Season with salt to taste.
  2. In a medium bowl, add cucumbers, onion, and serrano peppers. Pour dressing over salad and carefully toss to coat. Serve immediately, or salad can be made a few hours ahead, covered and refrigerated.