In the past week I have cooked and eaten lots of delicious new dishes but we have been too quick to devour them before I could take photographs. So tonight, being equally time poor, I decided to assemble this simple, honest and tasty salad, which takes all of 5 minutes to concoct.
There’s no set list of ingredients; just whatever you have to hand in terms of green stuff, plus some creamy soft French goat’s cheese. But from a flavouring point of view, the most important items are walnut oil and seasoning. Za’atar is an aromatic mixture of toasted sesame seeds, thyme, sumac and salt, used in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s great for sprinkling over salads and dips.
Soft goat’s cheese
Sweet Cherry tomatoes
sliced red peppers, cucumber and avocado (or any similar salad vegetables, spring onions are also good)
Broken walnut pieces, walnut oil and za’atar seasoning
Assemble all the salad ingredients. Add the goat’s cheese and broken walnuts, and drizzle lightly with walnut oil. Season with sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle with the za’atar. Serve with warm pitta or flatbread.