Super Good Zaatar & Chia Salad Dressing
Salad With A Twist
So you’re going out to dinner or want to order in. You’re not really hungry but you’re feeling a little peckish. Or you’re in a calorie deficit and you think a nice, colourful salad with grilled chicken will fill you up and align with your meal planning. Awesome! Except there’s a hidden ingredient we overlook that could raise the salad’s calories from the expected 200… to 1,000. That’s the same amount of calories in a burger!
Introducing Zaatar & Chia Dressing
When @upcloseandhealthy came to me with this recipe, I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. Why should we be at the mercy of a restaurant’s salad dressing filled with canola and corn oil (not great options for oil) when we could prepare a really easy and healthy one at home? It’s a zaatar and chia dressing that’s made with the good old, quality olive oil and a few other yummy ingredients.
The Deal With Dressing
This recipe couldn’t come fast enough: the other day, I took out 9 tablespoons of olive oil from my fattoush dressing. Each tablespoon of olive oil is 120 calories, leaving the dressing with a grand total of 1,080 calories. Sure, olive is one of the good oils, but we don’t need that much, especially if you wanted those calories from something heartier. Also, sometimes the commercial dressing is filled with saturated fats like canola, corn, or vegetable oil, all of which we could do without!
Count Blessings, Not Calories
Last but not least, the purpose here isn’t to get you to count calories, but I do believe this is super important knowledge to share because if you’ve been trying to lose weight and live healthier, you might not be seeing results because of things like this. I want to help you be more mindful with food, like ordering a salad because you really want it and because of the healthy nutrients it provides. When food properties are more transparent, you’ll be able to make better and smarter choices that could change your life.
So, what now? Just adjust accordingly: order dressing on the side at restaurants and add about half, or make this awesome zaatar and chia dressing at home!
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup apple vinegar
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tbsp. Zaatar
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- Salt to taste
Mix together well and that's it!
Good for a large salad bowl that serves 4.
Nutrition info for salad dressing:
& I know the salad looks so good! So I couldn’t leave you hanging without sharing this recipe with you too. Check it out and tag us on Instagram @baraaelsabbagh and @upcloseandhealthy with your pictures!
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (Cook in water with olive oil & 1 tsp garlic salt & 1 tsp black pepper)
- 1 can drained washed chickpeas
- Head of lettuce chopped
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1 kohlrabi diced
- 2 turnips sliced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- 4 radish diced
- Handful of fresh thyme leaves coarsely chopped
Mix all together & drizzle the sauce on top!
P.S. If you liked this recipe, you'll also like this other one by @upcloseandhealthy for Choco Blueberry Oatmeal.