Middle Eastern Bean Salad with a Creamy Vegan Za’atar Dressing

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I thought this was such a fun recipe. Do you remember those 4-bean salads that were at every barbecue growing up? This Middle Eastern bean salad is a fresh take on that classic with the addition of crisp summer vegetables and an easy za’atar hummus dressing. It’s what I like to call a “cheat” recipe, since it uses some conveniences. And it happens to be naturally dairy free, gluten-free, and vegan!

Middle Eastern Bean Salad Recipe with an Easy, Creamy, Vegan Za'atar Dressing - naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and veganThis Middle Eastern bean salad recipe with photo was shared with us by READSalads.com.

Special Diet Notes: Middle Eastern Bean Salad

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Most store-bought bean salads contain soy oil, and many brand of hummus do too. If you need completely soy-free, I recommend making your own 4-bean salad, and looking for a soy-free hummus made with olive oil.

Middle Eastern Bean Salad with Za-atar Hummus Dressing
 
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This versatile and flavorful bean salad can be assembled ahead of time and served chilled or at room temperature.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
Bean Salad
  • 1 (15-ounce) can 3 or 4 bean salad
  • ½ cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber (4-5 inches long), cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced into half moons
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons plain dairy-free hummus
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon za'atar seasoning blend, to taste
  • Pita bread, for serving (optional)
Instructions
Bean Salad
  1. Drain the bean salad and discard the liquid.
  2. Place the bean salad in large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, parsley, mint, garlic, and red pepper flakes and toss to combine.
Dressing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the hummus, lemon juice, and za'atar.
  2. Toss the salad with the dressing or drizzle the dressing over each serving.
  3. Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate to serve chilled. Serve with pita bread halves, if desired.

Key Pantry Supplies: Middle Eastern Bean Salad

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