Zahtar or Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend that I’ve not had the pleasure to work with a lot with over the years. It’s a real shame because I love it! Earthy and nutty with hints of citrus makes it wonderful with so many foods. Hummus and pita are probably the first things people think of when they associate it, but it goes way beyond. Great with chicken, eggs and potatoes to name a few. I recently came across a Zahtar Egg Salad and figured why not incorporate it into a potato salad, and Zahtar Potato Salad was born.
I was not far off the mark thinking it would be delicious. The combination of briny, salty olives and creamy mayonnaise brings baby potatoes to life and makes for a great Mediterranean version. Even though I prefer the mayonnaise based potato salad, I did experiment with a warm salad version using olive oil to dress it instead of the mayonnaise. It too was a tasty version of potato salad but I just couldn’t stop scooping up the creamier version. Maybe because that was the way my mom used to make it and by far the type I’ve eaten most in my life.
The Zahtar I purchased contains salt, so I therefore found it was not necessary to add additional salt in this recipe. If your Zahtar does not contain salt, be sure to add salt to taste. You can also make your own if desired, here is a simple recipe from The Genius Kitchen