How to Make Labneh (Easy Recipe)

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How to Make Labneh

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Labneh spread out on a plate with pita bread slices

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

8 -10

How to make labneh? I got you. This easy recipe will be your new go-to for a creamy, delicious dip.

Labneh is such a delicious dip that you’ll want to make it again and again. Labneh originated in the Middle East and it’s made with strained yogurt. When you try it for the first time you’ll wonder how to make labneh because it’s so damn flavorful it’s common to think it’s probably complicated. The good news is… it’s not!! This labneh recipe is simple, delicious, and the perfect appetizer or snack.

Labneh spread out on a plate

❤️ Why You’ll Love Labneh

  • 10-Minute Prep: This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep. Yep, it’s that easy and quick
  • Versatile: Use this as a dip with crackers, pita, veggies, etc., or as a spread. It’s so good
  • Flavorful: With the herbs combined with the spices, you’ll have no lack of flavor in this dish

🍲 Ingredients

Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is the most efficient way to make homemade Labneh. I used non-fat yogurt as a test and it was successful but I do suggest full fat if you can.

Za’atar: This Middle Eastern spice is made of a family of herbs. It usually is a combo of dried oregano, thyme, and/or marjoram that has a woodsy, floral taste. It also has sumac which makes it tangy and acidic and toasted sesame seeds.

Herbs: Use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand. Thyme and oregano are some of my favs.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Labneh

1. Into the 900g tub of yogurt add the 1 tsp of sea salt, stir to combine then transfer all the yogurt to a bowl lined with two layers of cheesecloth.  Tightly seal the cheesecloth around the yogurt, tie it with string, and hang it over the bowl for 24 hours in the fridge to remove any excess liquid.
2. To serve, remove the labneh from the cheesecloth and whip it in a large bowl using a spatula.

3. Spread the labneh onto a bowl and set aside.
4. For the tomatoes.  To a large pot, add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, fresh herbs, and chili pepper flakes and cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until burst.

5. For service, place the burst tomatoes onto the plate with the spread labneh and top with tomatoes, some more fresh herbs, and za’atar.

6. If you don’t plan on eating all the labneh at once I suggest storing the labneh and tomatoes separately in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.  Prepare the layered dip as needed before serving.

🗒 Variations

You can make the labneh as per the recipe, but top it with different toppings. Here’s some inspiration:

  • A drizzle of honey with a sprinkle of nuts on top
  • A drizzle of olive oil and your favorite herbs
  • Olive tapenade
  • Pesto with a sprinkle of pine nuts
  • Za’ater and pomegranate molasses


🗒 Other Labneh Recipes

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover labneh in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Depending on the toppings you choose, you may want to store the toppings separately and put them on fresh as you consume them.

🤔 Common Questions

Are Greek yogurt and labneh the same?

Labneh is what you get when you strain an already-strained yogurt to remove more of the liquid whey. Greek yogurt is strained yogurt, but labneh is doubly strained.

What is Labneh made of?

Labneh is a soft, flavorful Middle Eastern cheese made from strained yogurt and is so easy to make yourself.

Is labneh just sour cream?

No. It is, however, spreadable like cream cheese and tangy like sour cream.

Can you buy Labneh at the grocery store?

Lots of grocery stores will sell labneh in the dairy section.

Labneh spread out on a plate

How to Make Labneh (Easy Recipe)

4.67 from 36 votes
How to make labneh? I got you. This easy recipe will be your new go-to for a creamy, delicious dip.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Meals
Cuisine Mediterranean-Inspired
Servings 8 -10
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Into the 900g tub of yoghurt add the 1 tsp of sea salt, stir to combine then transfer all the yogurt to a bowl lined with two layers of cheesecloth.  Tightly seal the cheesecloth around the yoghurt, tie it with string and hang it over the bowl for 24 hours in the fridge to remove any excess liquid.
  • To serve, remove the labneh from the cheesecloth and whip it in a large bowl using a spatula.
  • Spread the labneh onto a bowl and set aside.
  • For the tomatoes.  To a large pot, add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, fresh herbs and chili pepper flakes and cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until burst.
  • For service, place the burst tomatoes onto the plate with labneh and top with tomatoes, some more fresh herbs and za'atar.
  • If you don’t plan on eating all the labneh at once I suggest storing the labneh and tomatoes separately in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.  Prepare the layered dip as needed before serving.
  • NOTE: you can use labneh as you would cream cheese so really have fun with it! It’s such a versatile dip/cheese, you’re going to fall in love!

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Notes

Yogurt: Greek Yogurt is the most efficient way to make Labneh.  I used non-fat yogurt as a test and it was successful but I do suggest full fat too!
Salt: The purpose of adding salt to the yogurt before adding to the cheesecloth is to remove any excess water and for flavor! This step isn’t completely needed (I tested without) but it is encouraged.

Nutrition

Serving: 10 | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.4g | Protein: 9.1g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 30.3mg | Sodium: 273.4mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 4.8g
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victoria howells

5 stars
what a dreamy combination: tomatoes and labneh. even though it’s wintertime it felt like summertime in my home as I ate this

char haig

5 stars
love it. very easy

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, anita!

taylor

5 stars
I love any recipes where I can “set it and forget it”

Maria Koutsogiannis

on my app!!!!! or save it on your pinterest board using my pin option!

josie bell

5 stars
tomatoes and cheese is heaven

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, josie!

anonymous

5 stars
this was the perfect way to use up the giant tub of greek yogurt I bought

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, kelsie!

Jackson

5 stars
could this be any easier!

Maria Koutsogiannis

it’s so good!

Sandra

5 stars
such a yummy appetizer. I served this with your garlic confit sprinkled on top and some crispy pita chips and it was a hit at my work potluck!

Maria Koutsogiannis

ohhh yes you know how to enjoy food!

Maryann Ziegler

5 stars
So easy to make! I usually buy labneh from the middle eastern deli by my house but now I’ll switch to this homemade version!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love this recipe so much!

Geri Baker

5 stars
I used this in place of cream cheese for my smoked salmon breakfast bagel and it was excellent! I like that the Greek yogurt adds that extra bit of protein to my morning.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yes!!! protein for the win!

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