Labneh and herb dip

March 19, 2011  •  Category: ,


A fresh dip of labneh, our daily ritual growing up in Beirut. This labneh though is modified: instead of serving it with tomatoes and herbs separately, I am combining them: one scoop with a pita triangle and you will get it all!


  • 12 ounces of full or low-fat yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint (substitute dry)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh flat-leaves parsley
  • 1/4 cup of fresh dill
  • 2 scallions
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 bag of pita bread, cut into triangles with kitchen scissors



  1. Place a coffee-maker filter or a paper towel over a sieve and drain the yogurt for several hours, overnight if possible.
  2. Chop the parsley, dill, scallions and  mint very fine. Cut the garlic cloves in small bits and mash them with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a mortar till pasty. Add to the labneh and mix.
  3. Add all the herbs to the labneh. Cut the tomatoes in half, empty the tomatoes and cut the flesh into small dice. Drain on a sieve for 30 minutes and get rid of the seeds. Incorporate the tomato bits in the labneh. Fill the tomato cavities with labneh and garnish with a mint leaf.
  4. Serve on a plate with pita triangles or chips (toast the triangles in a 300F oven for 12 minutes until light gold).


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  1. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    How do you do this – write something new every single day! Good for you.

  2. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    This sounds so lovely and tasty with all the fresh herbs, I’d love to try it!

  3. Dana says:

    I’m still living my ongoing love affair with labneh. No wonder this could be an everyday snack!

  4. Karen says:

    This would be gone in 5 seconds. I’m a fool for thick tangy yogurt!

  5. Ivy says:

    A great appetizer!

  6. turkey's for life says:

    We absolutely love labneh – never made our own though. I didn’t realise it was so easy. We’ve been buying it in tubs but we can make our own from now on! It looks very moreish how you’ve made it.

  7. Marina says:

    Merci pour ton commentaire…Je comprend ce que tu veux dire…
    je suis attentive et inquiète à ce qui se passe en ce moment plus près de nous mais j’ai plus de mal à faire la part des choses car plus ignorante concernant les tenants et les aboutissants…
    je vais regarder de plus près tes dernières recettes, ça me changera les idées…
    Bises. Marina

  8. Cherine says:

    One of the best dips!!!

  9. Katerina says:

    I would love to have this as an appetizer in my Sunday lunch table!

  10. Joanne says:

    Now this is an appetizer that I would be very happy to indulge in! Some labneh and yogurt dip are really all I need to be satisfied.

  11. Sutapa says:

    The use of fresh herb in this dip make it delicious and healthy!

  12. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Sito making fresh Labneh is one of my favorite memories as a kid. Love this. 🙂

  13. Miss Anthropist says:

    My mom ALWAYS used to make this for us, it is absolutely delicious! I love eating it with bread or dunking some food in it. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  14. A Canadian Foodie says:

    This is one of the few beautiful dishes you are constantly creating that I actually do make on a fairly regular basis! Yeah!

  15. Peter says:

    I’m all for full-fat yogurt and one individual bowl of your labneh pour moi!

  16. Priya says:

    Inviting labneh and dip..

  17. Jamie says:

    Why in the world have I never made this? I buy something similar and it is such a delicious snack. Now I have to follow your perdect recipe and make it myself for a great snack. Addictive.

  18. Julie says:

    C’est très rafraîchissant comme entrée ou apéritif, j’aime beaucoup les dips au fromage avec des herbes et de l’ail.
    Sinon, mes parents m’ont ramené du zaatar de Syrie, je sens que je vais aller te piquer une ou deux recettes très prochainement !

  19. deana says:

    What a great healthy snack… lovely mortar and pestle too!

  20. Xiaolu says:

    I’ve been wanting to try labneh for a while but my last half a dozen homemade yogurt attempts keep refusing to set right! I may have to simply bite the bullet and use storebought yogurt now that I’m tempted by this recipe you’ve posted. Delicious!

  21. Lyndsey says:

    What a nice dip, I love getting all these great ideas from you.

  22. Mary says:

    I love dips made with yogurt or labneh, and can happily eat the whole bowl! I’ve never tried it with tomato inside, and I can’t wait to try it.
    I baked today with amardeen for the first time. I learned about it here, and wasn’t sure how it would work in a yeast dough, but I was very happy with the results. I’ll post about it next week.

  23. Caffettiera says:

    Labneh is so good. I never thought it would work with low fat yogurt, I thought it would all drip away. I’ll give it a try the next time I make it.

  24. Claudia says:

    Love a savory yogurt dressing – it never looked so enticing. And yes, it will be done here in Minnesta. Those spring herbs will wake up my winter heart.

  25. Amanda says:

    Oh, I wish I was having this for lunch instead of my very dull sandwich – it looks so fresh and delicious.

  26. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Wonderfully refreshing and flavorful dip, perfect with pitas!

  27. Grapefruit says:

    Thanks to you, I’m snacking on this right now 😉

  28. Chiara says:

    I love dips… and this one looks delicious. Very nice presentation too!

  29. T.W. Barritt says:

    Lovely dip! Great for the first day of Spring! By the way, you won the cookbook drawing over at my blog, so contact me with your information, and I’ll send it out to you!

  30. El says:

    This looks like an incredibly light and refreshing dip. I’m bookmarking it now. Beautiful!

  31. TheKitchenWitch says:

    This looks and sounds delightful! I’d love to eat that for breakfast!

  32. Diane says:

    Mmmmmm you come up with some stunning ideas 🙂 Diane

  33. Cristina says:

    I’m going to make this using soy yoghurt! A delicious snack, especially now that the coldest months are gone. Thank you!

  34. domi says:

    Bonjour Joumana, un bel instant de fraîcheur gourmande où il fera bon faire trempette avec toi, bisous et passe une belle journée

  35. kouky says:

    très tentée par cette version très printanière de labné aux herbes fraîches!! à tester avec grand plaisir!! bonne journée!

  36. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    I think I’ll try making this tonight if the weather allows (me to go shopping with no car). I have loved everything I tried from your blog so far and this sounds very promising!

  37. Oui, Chef says:

    YUM….my wife is always speaking fondly about labneh, this will be a great dish to make for her with herbs fresh from the garden this summer. – S

  38. Magic of Spice says:

    I want a bite…great recipe and a must try!

  39. Kankana says:

    Such a refreshing dip .. perfect for party and SO easy to make ! 🙂

  40. Atul says:

    I have made it many times and every time its a big HIT in my parties! Simply Delicious!!

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