Lemony Labneh with Pistachios

Lemony Labneh with Pistachios

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2017

Lemon olive oil and lemon zest give this labneh dip a fresh, bright flavor. Labneh, the thick, slightly salty Middle Eastern strained yogurt, is easy to make at home with this recipe. Serve with cucumber slices or pita chips as a dip or use it as a sauce to top roasted vegetables or chicken.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 quart (4 cups) low-fat plain yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon agrumato lemon oil (see Tip) or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sumac (see Tip)


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  1. Line a 7-inch or larger fine-mesh sieve with four layers of cheesecloth. Set over a bowl deep enough to leave at least 3 inches between the bottom of the sieve and the bowl. Whisk yogurt with salt in a medium bowl; spoon into the cheesecloth.
  2. Refrigerate until the yogurt is quite thick and at least 1 cup of liquid has drained into the bowl, 12 to 24 hours. (Discard the liquid.)
  3. To serve, top with pistachios, oil, parsley, lemon zest and sumac.
  • To Make Ahead: Refrigerate labneh (Steps 1-2) airtight for up to 1 week. Top just before serving.
  • Equipment: Cheesecloth
  • Tips: Agrumato lemon oil is created when olives are pressed together with lemons. The resulting extra-virgin olive oil has an exceptionally bright lemony flavor. It's worth seeking out at gourmet markets or well-stocked natural-foods stores. If you can't find it, substitute 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon lemon zest.
  • The tart red berries of the Mediterranean sumac bush add fruity, sour flavor to many regional dishes. Find ground sumac in Middle Eastern markets, specialty-food shops and online.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼-cup
  • Per serving: 108 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 110 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 198 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 144 mg sodium; 284 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ low-fat milk, ½ fat

Reviews 3

June 26, 2017
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By: Sharmin Sampat
Love all your labneh recipes!!
May 09, 2017
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By: Carolyn Malcoun
I can't wait to make this for my next party.
March 09, 2017
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By: Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
mmm this labneh with crispy pita chips are to die for.
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