Maftoul salad

A simple recipe for a maftoul salad with an olive oil, lemon and za’atar dressing. Delicious for lunch, and a tasty accompaniment to a main dish.


  • 200g Zaytoun giant couscous maftoul
  • 5 tbsp Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil
  • 75g raisins
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 small bunch spring onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh chilli pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp Zaytoun za’atar


  1. Add 1 tbsp salt to 1 litre of water and bring to the boil
  2. Toast maftoul in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 4 minutes on
    medium-high heat
  3. Add toasted maftoul to the boiling water and let it simmer for 12
  4. At the same time add 250ml hot water to the raisins and simmer
    in a pot for 10 minutes. Allow to cool then drain
  5. Sauté onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil, and set aside to cool
  6. In a large bowl, combine the maftoul, raisins, both kinds of
    onions, parsley, chilli, za’atar, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp olive oil and
    mix, seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Thank you to our supplier, Canaan Palestine, for this recipe.

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