Za’atar Beef Pitas with Butter Lettuce Salad

Za’atar Beef Pitas

with Butter Lettuce Salad

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These pitas are packed with bright Mediterranean flavors thanks to creamy tzatziki layered under a filling of tender beef coated in za’atar—an herbaceous blend that highlights sumac, a gorgeous, tart red spice. The bold flavors are perfectly contrasted by our simple side salad of butter lettuce, crisp radishes, and sweet dates.

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Prepare the ingredients for the salad:
1 Prepare the ingredients for the salad:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Combine in a large bowl.

Cook the beef:
2 Cook the beef:

Separate the beef; pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and the za’atar; toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned beef in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Add half the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined and the beef is just cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Warm the pitas:
3 Warm the pitas:

While the beef cooks, if using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap. If using the stove, heat a separate dry, medium pan on medium-high until hot. Working one at a time, add the pitas and warm 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until heated through and pliable. Carefully transfer to a work surface. 

Finish & serve your dish:
4 Finish & serve your dish:

Fill the warmed pitas with the tzatziki, cooked beef, and a drizzle of olive oil. To the bowl of prepared salad ingredients, add the remaining vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pitas with the salad. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients for the salad:
1 Prepare the ingredients for the salad:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Combine in a large bowl.

2 Cook the beef:

Separate the beef; pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and the za’atar; toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned beef in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Add half the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined and the beef is just cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Cook the beef:
Warm the pitas:
3 Warm the pitas:

While the beef cooks, if using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap. If using the stove, heat a separate dry, medium pan on medium-high until hot. Working one at a time, add the pitas and warm 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until heated through and pliable. Carefully transfer to a work surface. 

4 Finish & serve your dish:

Fill the warmed pitas with the tzatziki, cooked beef, and a drizzle of olive oil. To the bowl of prepared salad ingredients, add the remaining vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pitas with the salad. Enjoy! 

Finish & serve your dish: