Asparagus & New Potatoes with Creamy Za'atar Dressing

Asparagus & New Potatoes with Creamy Za'atar Dressing

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

Za'atar and yogurt pair magically to create a healthy and full-flavored dressing in this easy asparagus recipe. A spice blend of sumac, sesame and herbs, za'atar is a Middle Eastern staple available in Middle Eastern markets and where other specialty spices are sold. To make your own: Blend 1 teaspoon each ground sumac, sesame seeds and dried thyme with ¼ teaspoon salt.

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  • 1 pound small new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • ¾ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ cup finely minced dill pickle
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are tender when gently pierced with a knife, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain. Spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet and let cool for about 15 minutes. Halve or quarter them and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove. Bring a large skillet of water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until just tender, about 1 minute. Transfer the asparagus with tongs to the ice bath for 1 minute, then transfer to a clean kitchen towel to wick away some of the water. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces and add to the bowl with the potatoes.
  3. Combine yogurt, shallots, za'atar, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add the dressing to the asparagus and potatoes; toss well to coat. Add pickle, dill and pepper and toss again.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 102 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 67 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 524 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 320 mg sodium; 367 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ vegetable

Reviews 1

August 16, 2017
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By: JaneF
Simple and easy-to-make and bursting with flavors. I am not a fan of plain yogurt and love to combine it with vegetables and in dips. I added some sweet paprika and a bit of cilantro for extra crunch. Za’atar is indeed a versatile spice blend, but just wanted to add a note about shopping online for za'atar - quality of ingredients vary greatly in blends and many contain fillers and artificial ingredients. If you're buying online, search for Za'atar with no fillings, pure zaatar, or zaatar no salt.