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! 

healthy salad dressing by Baraa El Sabbagh, dietician, sports nutritionist, personal trainer, dubai

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! 


Dressing Ingredients:

  • 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:

580 kcal

64g fat

9g fiber

5g carbs 

Per serve:

145 kcal

16g fat

2g fiber

1.3g carbs

& 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! 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 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.  

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