Avocado toast with za’atar

I ordered this during a work lunch, at Good Dish cafe in the basement of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Fancy, I know. It inspired me to make my own version.

It’s my current snack obession. Too bad it’s not very portable!

Ingredients to make your own za’atar blend:

  • 2 TBSP sumac
  • 1 TBSP  dried thyme
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1.5 TBSP dried oregano (or 1 TBSP + 1 TBSP marjoram if you happen to have some handy)
  • 1/4 (preferably) to 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt


  • Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet (or frying pan); no need to add oil, just keep it quite hot and do not take your eyes away while constantly stirring – seeds are ready when they turn golden and fragrant.
  • Grind the seeds and the rest of the ingredients together and you’re done!



To assemble the toasts:

  • Slices of your favorite bread
  • Your favorite side salad
  • 1/2 a perfectly ripe avocado
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of za’atar (to taste)
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • a garlic clove


  • Turn on the oven to 450F
  • Drop the finely chopped garlic clove and the cherry tomatoes in a skillet and roast for a few minutes – until the tomatoes are lightly charred and bursting
  • Toast the bread
  • Spread the tomato-garlic paste on the toast
  • Mash up the avocado with the za’atar
  • Spread on top of the tomatoes
  • Arrange the toast on a plate with a side salad and enjoy!
  • ps: a few drops of hot sauce on top of the avocado doen’t hurt but keep it light so it does not overcome the delicate za’atar flavor.