This Za’atar Sheet Pan Meal is packed with Mediterranean flavors, comes together quickly, and is super customizable.Jump to Recipe
This Vegetarian Za’atar Sheet Pan Meal is an ideal easy weeknight dinner or meal prep candidate. It’s packed with delicious Mediterranean flavor thanks to tahini, feta cheese, dates, and, of course, za’atar. It comes together quickly and is super customizable. I frequently pack this meal for lunch for an entire week and I do not get sick of it.
All About Za’atar
Za’atar is a beloved spice and herb mixture that has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine for thousands of years. There is much debate about what constitutes authentic za’atar, but generally the mixture includes dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt.
There are many subpar za’atar imitators out there, so beware! I do not recommend the Trader Joe’s mixture (I know, shocking coming from me). I do love Spicewalla and highly recommend all their spices. If you want to learn more about za’atar, read this explainer. If you want to try your hand at making your own, I recommend this recipe.
Za’atar Sheet Pan Meal Key Ingredients
Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli: These veggies roast up so beautifully and compliment our fave Mediterranean flavors beautifully.
Chickpeas: For some plant-based protein.
Garlic: For obvious reasons.
Olive Oil: Don’t be shy here! I like to use a couple tablespoons to really get the veggies nice and caramelized.
Cumin: Another common spice in Middle Eastern cuisine. This will provide warm and nutty depth of flavor.
Lemon Juice: Optional, but I love some fresh squeezed lemon juice on this dish just before eating.
Dates: For an unexpected burst of sweetness!
Feta Cheese: For tangy umami goodness. If you’re vegan, you can omit or use vegan feta.
Tahini Sauce: Get all the deets on this bangin’ sauce in this post.
Customization and Pairing Ideas
- If you want to make these veggies go further, try serving them with some grains. Rice, quinoa, or farro would all be great!
- If you’re looking to add more protein to this dish, you can’t go wrong with tofu, chicken, or salmon!
- If you want to up the veggies even more, I think this sheet pan meal would be delectable on a bed of arugula.
- Really take things to the next level by serving this dish with pita bread and hummus. Mouth. Watering.
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More Amazing Weeknight Meals
- Sheet Pan Balsamic Veggies with Figs and Goat Cheese
- The Easiest Vegetarian Tortellini Soup (Veggie-Packed!)
- Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Pasta
Vegetarian Za’atar Sheet Pan Meal with Tahini Sauce
- Blender or Food Processor (optional)
For the Sheet Pan Meal
- 2 large sweet potatoes cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 head broccoli cut into florets
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp za'atar seasoning
- 1 tbsp cumin
- ½ tsp sea salt
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 dates quartered
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
For the Tahini Sauce
- ⅓ cup tahini
- ¼ cup water plus more as needed to thin
- juice of one large lemon
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400° F and line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Place sweet potatoes on one sheet pan and broccoli and chickpeas on the other in individual sections and toss with olive oil, za'atar seasoning, cumin, and sea salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make your tahini sauce! Place all sauce ingredients in blender or food processor and blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute to ensure everything is well-combined and emulsified. Alternatively, you could place all ingredients in a mason jar with lid tightly shut and shake until all ingredients are well-combined.
- Remove from oven and serve individual portions with freshly squeezed lemon juice, quartered dates, crumbled feta cheese and all the tahini sauce your little heart desires. Enjoy!
Photography by Hope Agresti