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Picnic Meze

Serves 8

Total Time
20 mins

In this fresh, easy spread, the chile-herb sauce serves as both a dip and a swirl-in for flavoring hummus.

Picnic tips: Roll lettuce in a towel, enclose in a plastic bag, and stash at the top of the cooler so it doesn't get crushed. Add the sauce to the hummus at the picnic.

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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Jeffrey Larsen

 3/4 pound small whole lettuces, such as Little Gem
 8 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved
 3 large Persian cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, cut into spears
 1/2 cup black or green olives, such as kalamata
  About 10 oz. Turkish simit* (sesame ring bread), soft lavash, or other bread such as focaccia or ciabatta
 1/2 pt. plain hummus
  Classic Zaatar
  Spicy Green Sauce
Step 1

Cut lettuces lengthwise through core into 1 1/2-in.-wide pieces. Rinse well and pat dry.

Step 2

Set out all ingredients on a cutting board, including zaatar and green sauce for seasoning. Swirl hummus with a spoon, making indentations; spoon about 2 tbsp. green sauce into indentations, then swirl a little more.

Step 3

*Look for simit at Turkish restaurants and Middle Eastern bakeries.

Step 4

Make ahead: Up to 4 hours, everything except bread and zaatar chilled separately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 268Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 2.3g12%
Cholesterol 212mg71%
Sodium 426mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 30g10%

Dietary Fiber 3.6g15%
Protein 13g26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.