za'atar tuna melt

Salaam alaykum dear readers!

This is a simple, quick and tasty sandwich to make.

Most ingredients you will have on hand:

  • Canned tuna

  • Bread

  • Dill pickle

  • Cheese

  • Zatar

For the tuna, I prefer to use tuna that is packed in oil but use whatever you like or have. 

I like to use thin pita bread (sometimes known as Syrian bread) for this sandwich. Again, you can use whatever bread you'd like.

As for the pickle and cheese, it's up to your liking as well.

Zatar is a spice that can be found at middle eastern stores or sometimes you will find it in the international aisle. I've even seen it in the regular spice aisle too at some stores. I prefer the taste of Lebanese or Palestine Zatar but you can use whatever you have or can find. You will want to mix the spice with some extra virgin olive oil for spreading onto the bread.

Open the pita bread so that you have two pieces. Spread the za'atar & olive oil mixture onto one of the pieces of bread.

On top of this add your tuna and pickle slices.

Finally top with slices of cheese and sometimes I also sprinkle with a little bit of parmesan cheese.

Place the other piece of pita bread on top of your ingredients. Slide the sandwich into the oven, directly onto the rack and toast until the cheese is melted and the bread is slightly crispy. A toaster oven comes in handy if you have one as well as a pizza peel for sliding the sandwich in and out of the oven but neither are necessary.

When you take the sandwich out, use a pizza cutter or long sharp knife to cut the sandwich into four pieces.

Did you make the recipe? Comment below.

Servings: 2


  • 1 thin pita bread
  • 1 can drained tuna

  • Sliced dill pickle

  • Sliced cheese

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Za'atar spice


  1. Open the pita bread. Set one piece aside.

  2. Mix some za'atar spice with extra virgin olive oil and spread onto one piece of pita bread. 

  3. Add the tuna on top of the za'atar. Follow with the sliced pickles and cheese.

  4. Cover the ingredients with the other piece of bread.

  5. Toast in the oven until the cheese is melted and the bread is slightly crispy. Remove from the oven and slice the sandwich into four pieces. Sahten!

  • Instagram

© 2020 by Journey to Salaam |