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 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Hugh Acheson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Combine yogurt, shallots, za'atar, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining 1/2 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 Facts

102 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 2.5g; sugars 2.6g; fat 1.3g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 1.9mg; vitamin a iu 523.5IU; vitamin c 11.5mg; folate 67.2mcg; calcium 54.6mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 26.3mg; potassium 367mg; sodium 319.8mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 3 stars
Everything was great except for the dressing which was boring (even with all of the dill and za'atar). The greek yogurt just didn't cut it and I was wishing that I had a different base since the rest of it was a nice salad. It really is a potato salad (there was a lot more dressing than in the picture) not a potato and asparagus dish per se. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Sadly I didn t have Za atar but made it anyway. Served it at room temp. It was delicious. Instead of boiling I roasted both the new potatoes and the asparagus. Delicious. Will be my go to summer side. And I ll use Za atar next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More