Labneh and herb dip
March 19, 2011 • Category: Eggs/Dairy/Cheese, Mezze/Appetizers
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
- Place a coffee-maker filter or a paper towel over a sieve and drain the yogurt for several hours, overnight if possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve on a plate with pita triangles or chips (toast the triangles in a 300F oven for 12 minutes until light gold).
46 Comments • Comments Feed
Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:
How do you do this – write something new every single day! Good for you.
On March 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm
@Sarah: I guess I am inspired! 🙂
On March 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm
Maria @ Scandifoodie says:
This sounds so lovely and tasty with all the fresh herbs, I’d love to try it!
On March 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm
I’m still living my ongoing love affair with labneh. No wonder this could be an everyday snack!
On March 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm
This would be gone in 5 seconds. I’m a fool for thick tangy yogurt!
On March 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm
A great appetizer!
On March 20, 2011 at 12:55 am
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 2:52 am
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…
On March 20, 2011 at 4:13 am
One of the best dips!!!
On March 20, 2011 at 5:20 am
I would love to have this as an appetizer in my Sunday lunch table!
On March 20, 2011 at 5:59 am
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 8:14 am
The use of fresh herb in this dip make it delicious and healthy!
On March 20, 2011 at 8:18 am
Mark Wisecarver says:
Sito making fresh Labneh is one of my favorite memories as a kid. Love this. 🙂
On March 20, 2011 at 8:31 am
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 🙂
On March 20, 2011 at 10:16 am
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!
On March 20, 2011 at 10:51 am
I’m all for full-fat yogurt and one individual bowl of your labneh pour moi!
On March 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Inviting labneh and dip..
On March 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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 !
On March 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm
What a great healthy snack… lovely mortar and pestle too!
On March 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
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!
On March 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm
What a nice dip, I love getting all these great ideas from you.
On March 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm
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.
On March 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Oh, I wish I was having this for lunch instead of my very dull sandwich – it looks so fresh and delicious.
On March 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm
5 Star Foodie says:
Wonderfully refreshing and flavorful dip, perfect with pitas!
On March 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Thanks to you, I’m snacking on this right now 😉
On March 21, 2011 at 2:41 am
I love dips… and this one looks delicious. Very nice presentation too!
On March 21, 2011 at 7:43 am
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!
On March 21, 2011 at 8:36 am
This looks like an incredibly light and refreshing dip. I’m bookmarking it now. Beautiful!
On March 21, 2011 at 9:31 am
This looks and sounds delightful! I’d love to eat that for breakfast!
On March 21, 2011 at 10:18 am
Mmmmmm you come up with some stunning ideas 🙂 Diane
On March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm
I’m going to make this using soy yoghurt! A delicious snack, especially now that the coldest months are gone. Thank you!
On March 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Bonjour Joumana, un bel instant de fraîcheur gourmande où il fera bon faire trempette avec toi, bisous et passe une belle journée
On March 22, 2011 at 1:10 am
très tentée par cette version très printanière de labné aux herbes fraîches!! à tester avec grand plaisir!! bonne journée!
On March 22, 2011 at 3:35 am
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!
On March 22, 2011 at 7:51 am
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
On March 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Magic of Spice says:
I want a bite…great recipe and a must try!
On March 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Such a refreshing dip .. perfect for party and SO easy to make ! 🙂
On April 16, 2011 at 12:19 am
I have made it many times and every time its a big HIT in my parties! Simply Delicious!!
On February 13, 2020 at 10:42 am