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.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2017


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  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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 Facts

107.6 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 8.3g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.4g 2% DV; sugars 7.4g; fat 5.3g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 8% DV; cholesterol 7mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 109.9IU 2% DV; niacin equivalents 0.2mg 2% DV; vitamin b6mg 3% DV; vitamin c 2mg 3% DV; folate 2.7mcg 1% DV; calcium 197.6mg 20% DV; iron 0.3mg 1% DV; magnesium 22.2mg 8% DV; potassium 284.4mg 8% DV; sodium 144.2mg 6% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV; calories from fat 48.1kcal; percent of calories from carbs 30; percent of calories from fat 44; percent of calories from protein 25; percent of calories from sat fat 13.

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mmm this labneh with crispy pita chips are to die for. Read More