Za’atar is an herb and spice blend that dates back to the first century in the Middle East. And like many blends that have stood the test of time, there are many variations in the recipes. However, the most common ingredients found in all of them are thyme, oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds, sumac and salt.
To complement such a fragrant spice blend, it takes a unique base such as labneh! If you’re unfamiliar with labneh, it is a wonderfully creamy and thick strained yogurt. While most of the whey is removed during its production, it still manages to keep its distinct tangy taste — making it the perfect base to balance and complement a za’atar infused olive oil in this dish.