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Zucchini and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Yogurt

4 to 6 Servings

35 minutes

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This is our re-creation of a salad we loved at Coal Office, a restaurant in London that serves up modern Middle Eastern food. With raw zucchini, earthy chickpeas, nutty tahini and creamy yogurt, the dish is both fresh and hearty, light and rich. Za’atar, which seasons the chickpeas, is a dried herb and seed blend; look for it in the spice section of the supermarket, in specialty spice shops or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If you’re shopping for za’atar, also look for sumac, the dried ground berries of the sumac bush. Its tart flavor and deep-red hue are a nice, though optional, accent for the salad. For eye-catching presentation, we spoon the yogurt mixture in the center of a serving platter, then surround it with the zucchini-chickpea mix. To serve, spoon some of the salad along with a bit of the yogurt onto each plate.

4 to 6



Don’t forget to cover the bowl containing the chickpeas and shallots when microwaving. Covering traps steam that helps wilt the shallots and soften the chickpeas. And remember to occasionally stir the chickpea-shallot mixture as it cools. This helps ensure the chickpeas evenly absorb the seasonings pooled at the bottom of the bowl while also hastening the cooling.

35 minutes


  • ¾

    cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 2

    tablespoons tahini


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Pat T.
August 11, 2022
You can use cucumber too!
Just made this, but my family isnt a gan of raw zuchini so i peeled, seeded, jullian-ed, and used that salt method on a cucumber. Worked great! I also ran out of zataar and subbed in some berebere. We liked it
Steve K.
August 8, 2022
Great Cold Summer Meal
Just when you thought you didn’t know what to do with all those zucchini’s - along comes this recipe to save the day. Absolutely perfect hot summer night meal!
Athena P.
July 31, 2022
A new summertime staple!
This is an *amazingly* good salad, perfect alone or with something from the grill. Fortunately it works fine without dill too as, alas, I seldom have access to fresh dill, but it's perfect as written. We usually size it up depending on our crowd size, but be ready because you'll be asked for the recipe every time you serve it to someone new!
Kay C.
July 5, 2022
Feel like temp104. Perfect dinner
I made this exactly as described and wouldn’t change a thing. What a wonderful summer meal. I have to say I was iffy on trying raw zucchini but never again. Wowsers
Susan W.
June 23, 2022
Zucchini & Chickpea Salad
I agree with Katie H. The picture displayed in the online recipe appears to be the same picture that is used for the Zucchini with Lemon, Za'atar and Tahini Yogurt recipe which is similar to this one. I made the Zucchini and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Yogurt last night and it was delicious. We had it as a main course, and it was more than enough for 4 servings.