Za'atar-Spiced Chickpea Dip

Labneh—a thick and tangy strained cow's-milk yogurt—adds creamy richness to this layer dip featuring salty feta and olives. Serve with pita chips for dipping.

Za'atar-Spiced Chickpea Dip
Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon salt-free za'atar plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup labneh

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ¾ cup chopped fresh spinach

  • ¼ cup chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 3 tablespoons sliced pitted Kalamata olives

  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh mint


  1. Transfer 2 tablespoons liquid from chickpea can to a large bowl. Rinse the chickpeas and add them to the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon za'atar, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; mash until smooth. Transfer into a 9-inch pie pan and spread into an even layer.

  2. Mix cream cheese, labneh, lemon juice and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each pepper and salt in a small bowl until smooth. Spread over the chickpea layer.

  3. Sprinkle spinach and onion in an even layer over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with feta. Sprinkle with olives, mint and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon za'atar. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


9-inch pie pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
6g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 380IU 8%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 6mcg 2%
Vitamin K 9mcg 8%
Sodium 176mg 8%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 103mg 2%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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