Za’atar salad with tofu

A bright, fresh salad to wake you up and liven up the rest of your day.

Za’atar is a beautiful Middle Eastern spice that’s a mix of sesame and green herbs.

It gives a bit of a roasted pesto flavor to salad, flatbread, or any other dish that needs some earthy grounding.

I tried it as part of my chef training last year, and now I love it!


  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package tofu, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp za’atar spice
  • Fresh mint, parsley, basil, or other green herb leaves if you have them
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Add everything to a large bowl and toss it all together gently with two large spoons.

Enjoy the gift of freshness and live, nourishing food!


Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
– Rumi

With pandemic restrictions easing up, I got to enjoy my first ecstatic dance this week in over 2 years!

It was very healing and filled with so much energy and emotion.

I wish you a beautiful day with lots of flavor dancing in your heart.

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

One response to “Za’atar salad with tofu”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Best lunch ever!

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