Turkish Thyme Salad Recipe: Zahter Salatası

How to Make Turkish Thyme Salad

The zahter plant, a type of thyme, is a self-grown wild plant. The zahter, which has many health benefits, is abundant in Turkey, especially in Gaziantep and Hatay regions. Zahter salad, which has a very fresh and delicious taste, is very healthy due to the fact that the plant is eaten raw and fresh. It has many benefits, from the power of healing wounds to helping digestion and killing microbes in the body. It is enough to wash it with a little salt to take the natural bitterness out. The longer you rub it with salt, the less bitter zahter will taste. We do not use the stems of fresh zahter but rather eat the thin leaves and the sprout on top. Those who want to consume it fresh in the winter can remove the stems and put them in a jar and store them with enough olive oil to cover them completely. This olive oil will have a pleasant aroma as it takes the taste of the zahter.
You can prefer Zahter salad especially with meat dishes. You can also add fresh onions, parsley and fresh mint to your Zahter salad.


  • 3 bunches zahter grass
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 2 fresh onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate syrup
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tomato


  1. Extract the leaves of the plants and throw the stems, put the leaves you extracted into a container and wash them well.
  2. Sprinkle a lot of salt on top and knead well, so that they will release their brackish bitter tasting juice. Then wash again with plenty of water and drain.
  3. Put the zahters you washed in a bowl. Add finely chopped spring onions and parsley to the top. Grate the garlic, add the pomegranate syrup and olive oil, and add salt according to the need.
  4. Decorate with tomatoes and serve.