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Olive and Tomatoes on Toast with Za’atar Buttermilk Dressing

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Move over avocado toast! It’s time for olive and tomatoes on toast with a creamy za’atar buttermilk dressing for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

This is the greatest summer meal. It’s fresh and light and works at literally any time of day. I’ve been obsessed with tomatoes this summer maybe even more than usual.

Whether they’re in a caprese pasta salad or as a topping to some herby baked falafel they’re just so juicy and sweet this time of year and I can’t get enough!

Olives and tomatoes on toast with dressing on a plate with a fork on a checked cloth

Nearly the weekend! Oh yeahhhhhh.

I’m so excited, not only because I get two days off work, but also because we’re going out for a fun day on Saturday.

Will, his sister and I have a tradition of going to bottomless brunches every month or so and we’ve got another one on Saturday.

Bowl of olives and tomatoes on a wooden board

Grilled toast on a wooden board

We hunt out all the best deals in London for bottomless brunches/lunches. Sometimes they’re just bottomless drinks and sometime bottomless food and drink (my favourite).

The one we’re going to tomorrow is bottomless tacos and margaritas. Have you ever heard anything better?! BOTTOMLESS TACOS!

I’m so freaking excited.

Olive and tomatoes on toast on a white plate on a checked cloth

Once we’ve left wherever we’re having our bottomless we normal find a few other bars to drink for the rest of the afternoon but my absolute favourite part of the day is heading back to a pub near home and getting cheap pizzas before calling it a day at about 9pm.

They are some of my favourite days!

Overhead shot of tomato and olives in a bowl with toast and dressing on a wooden board over a blue background

Anyway, onto these light and tasty olive and tomatoes on toast. I got the idea of the combo for a tomato and olive salad recipe from my queen Sabrina Ghayour’s latest cookbook Feasts.

I loved the sound of that sweetness from the tomatoes and saltiness from the olives together but I wanted to make it into something a bit more substantial so that we could eat it for dinner.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE OLIVE AND TOMATOES ON TOAST:

  • Mixed Tomatoes – I went for a mix in sizes but if you can get your hands on some beautiful heirloom ones too then they would work perfectly
  • Pitted Olives – Green ones are my favourite for this
  • Chives
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have any then I give instructions on what to do if you don’t have buttermilk in this post
  • Olive Oil
  • Za’atar – I’ve used this one before
  • Salt
  • Crusty Bread – The crusty and fluffier the better. Homemade? Even better!

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for olive and tomatoes on toast…

Bowl of olives and tomatoes on a wooden board with dressing and bread on a blue background

It’s so simple to make this recipe but it’s absolutely bursting with flavour. The olives, tomatoes and chives are tossed together in a big bowl with salt and pepper and drizzle of olive oil to begin with. If you wanted to get this meal prepped then you could totally do this beforehand and keep it in the fridge for a few days.

Once that’s done you need to whisk together the dressing ingredients then griddle the bread until it has those amazing char marks on both sides.

Then simply scoop spoonfuls of the tomato and olive mixture onto the slices of bread and top with drizzles of the za’atar buttermilk dressing.

Olive and tomatoes on toast on a white plate on a checked cloth

HOW TO MAKE OLIVES AND TOMATOES ON TOAST IN THREE EASY STEPS:

  1. Make the dressing. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients.
  2. Mix the topping. Mix the tomatoes, olive and chives together with olive oil and seasoning.
  3. Griddle the bread. Until it’s all charred and toasted then top with the tomato mixture and dressing.

It’s really that simple! And they turn out so tasty and fresh. I took the leftovers to work the next day and toasted the bread there and it was all just as delicious a second time round.

Olives and tomatoes on toast with dressing on a plate with a fork on a checked cloth

Want more? Get all my other vegetarian recipes before you go!

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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT ONCE YOU’VE MADE OLIVES AND TOMATOES ON TOAST WITH ZA’ATAR BUTTERMILK DRESSING?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Summer Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Use up any leftover tomatoes and olives in this simple summer salad.

Overhead shot of summer orzo salad on a white wooden background with cloth, spoon and olive oil jug

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing

Or you could use up the leftover ingredients in this Greek version!

Overhead shot of Greek Orzo Salad with Herby Dressing on a white wooden background

Olive and tomatoes on toast on a white plate on a checked cloth
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Olive and Tomatoes on Toast with Za'atar Buttermilk Dressing

Move over avocado toast! It's time for olive and tomatoes on toast with a creamy za'atar buttermilk dressing for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword lunch, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 91 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 400 g Mixed Tomatoes large ones chopped, small ones halved
  • 150 g Pitted Olives I used green ones
  • 15 g Chives snipped
  • 100 ml Buttermilk
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Za'atar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Crusty Bread sliced

Instructions

  1. Mix the tomatoes with the olives and chopped chives. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Mix the buttermilk with za'atar and salt and pepper. 

  3. Drizzle the bread slices with olive oil and griddle on both sides. Top them with the tomato mixture and drizzle with dressing and extra olive oil.

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Nutrition Facts
Olive and Tomatoes on Toast with Za'atar Buttermilk Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 615mg 26%
Potassium 297mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 24.5%
Vitamin C 19.9%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Traci
    20/07/2018 at 4:13 PM

    Can’t even believe this isn’t part of my lunch repertoire already. I love every ingredient…and could probably eat this twice a week, every week. Love olives and tomatoes…and buttermilk. Just pinned this one!

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/07/2018 at 4:41 PM

      Thanks Traci!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    20/07/2018 at 5:24 PM

    This looks so tasty – I can’t believe how easy it is! I pinned it for later!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 12:23 PM

      Thanks Danielle!

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    20/07/2018 at 5:40 PM

    All of these flavors, scream SUMMER! So delicious!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 12:19 PM

      Thanks Cindy!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    20/07/2018 at 6:28 PM

    I can literally live on this. The combination of flavors, and that delicious dressing is making me super hungry right now!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 12:17 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Jaclyn Anne
    20/07/2018 at 6:36 PM

    I can’t wait to try this tasty olive & tomato toast – it looks incredible and pretty easy to make too!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 12:17 PM

      Thanks Jaclyn!

  • Reply
    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    20/07/2018 at 6:49 PM

    Oooh, that za’atar buttermilk dressing looks amazing. I want it on everything! And I love olives and tomatoes together – that is one of my favorite parings. Yum! Enjoy your bottomless tacos and margaritas. 🙂

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 12:17 PM

      Thank you Annemarie 🙂

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