Smoked salmon with dilled labneh on pita chips

March 19, 2010  •  Category:

An  elegant appetizer or part of a brunch. I used homemade labneh, because it is a creamy cheese that is healthy (made from yogurt) and easy to make;  just allow  time for the yogurt to drain; dill is a must with salmon and pita chips can be toasted  and require no special effort either.

Make the labneh the day before or even several days before; assembly of this dish takes less than 15  minutes.

To make labneh: Place a strainer over a bowl. Place a coffee filter or paper towel over the strainer. Dump all the yogurt on the strainer lined with the paper towel; let it drain for 24 hours, covered loosely with plastic  or a towel  in a cool place or fridge.

The next day, flip the ball of cheese onto a bowl and season to taste with salt.

INGREDIENTS:  4 servings

  • 8 ounces of wild Alaskan or Norwegian smoked salmon, sliced thin.
  • 1 pound of yogurt
  • 2  tablespoon of chopped fresh dill (or more, to taste)
  • 4 pitas, cut in triangles and toasted
  • lemon quarters, to squeeze on salmon


  1. Using kitchen scissors, cut the pita bread in triangles. Toast for 15 minutes in a 325F oven until golden-brown. Cool
  2. Mix the dill with the labneh, adding a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice if necessary, salt to taste.
  3. Assemble the salmon into a rosette, one slice at a time, by coiling each slice and holding it vertically on the platter. Place the next slice next to it and repeat the operation until a rosette is formed;sprinkle with drops of lemon juice and dill.
  4. Spread the labneh on the pita triangles, leaving the corners bare. Serve on a large platter, as soon as possible.


NOTE: Labneh can be bought ready-made at any middle-eastern store.

Smoked Salmon With Dilled Labneh On Pita Chips


38 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. fimère says:

    rien a dire sur la présentation elle est magnifique!!!!
    et j’imagine le bonheur que ça doit être en bouche, le nirvana!!!
    bonne soirée

  2. MaryMoh says:

    That salmon rosette really blows my mind away…..utterly beautiful….just amazing! You are so creative!

  3. Rosa says:

    A wonderful combo! That salmon rose is so pretty!



  4. Faith says:

    Salmon, dill, and lebaneh are the perfect combination! The salmon rose is so beautiful — you are truly an artist!

  5. tigerfish says:

    Beautiful salmon “flower”…

  6. kim says:

    It’s like tzatiki, but with dill. 🙂 Sounds yummy! Can I use fat free yogurt as well?

  7. Preety says:

    i am vegetarian but i would say that i love your presentation and its so tempting too

  8. Nicole @ MGC says:

    I have been watching to make my own cheese, I never realized how easy it is! You’ve also inspired me to try and make my own pita chips..super super easy. Have a great weekend! 🙂 btw you can make my scones by subbing any flour you want !

  9. tom tall clover farm says:

    Beautiful presentation, no doubt equally delicious. Living in the Pacific NW, I’m lucky to enjoy great salmon year around. The addition of Labneh (and pita chips) will indeed make it extra special. Thank you.

  10. rebecca says:

    wow this is absolutely beautiful, I adore salmon and you buy the same kind I get lol my bro and sis in law were telling me how much they like labneh now I know how to make it,
    I am now helping Black Star Gourmet with their social media and blogs, could I feature this recipe and link to you? email me maybe I can get some samples let me know wat you like?

  11. The Little Teochew says:

    So beautiful. So, so beautiful! I could not stop gawking and gushing. You’re such a talented cook. This is a dish that would certainly draw oohs and ahhs from your dinner guests!!

  12. Devaki says:

    Hi Joumana – Lovely presentation with salmon. I’ve seen you around the food blogging world. We seem to have some mutual friends 🙂

    I just wanted to say hello & hope you’ll come pay me a visit sometime.

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  13. SathyaSrihdar says:

    Hai!!!!! Gorgeous,,,

    Smoked Salmon combo looks delicious and perfect,,,i like salmon very much but i do only our indian recipes,,,this looks healthy n easy way of cooking. Smoked salmon,labneh n pita chips sounds great,,, Your presentation looks perfect with eye candy i came to know how to make labneh soo easy ,,,thanks for sharing the beautiful n healthy recipe,,take care n keep smiling,,,

  14. Sushma Mallya says:

    very lovely presentation,this snack is so easy am sure everyone will like this one too…

  15. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    That’s so lovely and simple to make the labneh. I’m so going to try it now! Thankyou! 😀

  16. Sophie says:

    Oooh waw,..just look as this pretty presentation!! It screams: EAT Me!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…extremely excellent food!

  17. Nadjibella says:

    Rapide, facile et délicieux.
    Que demander de plus!!

  18. Julie says:

    Tu réussis à transformer tout ce qui te passe entre les mains en œuvres d’art, c’est génial. Encore une fois, je suis bluffée par ta présentation, j’ai beaucoup de choses à apprendre de toi!
    Des bisous!

  19. Simply Life says:

    wow, not only does this look and sound incredible but the presentation is out of this world!

  20. noobcook says:

    I love how you made the salmon look like a flower, and the chips surrounding the flower. beautiful presentation 🙂

  21. pierre says:

    tu nous régales avec cette fraicheur tu me fais envie !! bizz pierre

  22. Mary says:

    What a beautiful appetizer. Your salmon rose is stunning. I make a similar dish using sour cream and cream cheese. Your dish is far more healthy. I’ll have to give it a try. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  23. myfrenchkitchen says:

    Oh, this looks SO delicious…the salmon with your lebna! Perfect for summer outside! And your photograph is appetzing too…mm, I don’t have lebna, but I DO have salmon in the fridge…

  24. Danielle says:

    Elegant indeed! What a beautiful presentation with the salmon rose! I’m impressed.

  25. touria says:

    sounds so delicious, I like the colours
    I will make labneh, it’s so simple 😉

  26. Natashya says:

    I have been making yogurt cheese for years, I didn’t know it had a name!
    What a great platter, I love the rosette.

  27. Angie@Angie's Recipe says:

    I love the smoked SALMON! The whole presentation is just outstanding!
    I think I would use German Quark instead of cream cheese…

  28. shayma says:

    a beauty, and a crowd pleaser. sometimes the most simple things are indeed the most elegant. x shayma

  29. Diane-plop says:

    Très appétissant ce labneh fait maison et délicieux avec le saumon. Idéal pour un apéritif sympa.
    Il faudra que je tente, c’est tellement bon et déclinable à l’infini.
    Merci de pour cette belle idée.
    Bon dimanche,
    Diane-plop – La Table de pénélope

  30. Arlette says:

    This is a beautiful appetizer plate… Great idea using Labneh with toasted pita instead of rich heavy cream.

    Great photo.

  31. peter says:

    I want salmon rosettes for my next dinner party…do pretty and your instructions are so easy. Buy labneh? Never…more fun to make it/strain it.

  32. Jhonny Walker says:

    This is awesome…the salmon flower…beautiful to say the least and such great taste I bet!

  33. Mimi says:

    Yum! I planted dill a few weeks ago , so I’ll be ready to make this soon.

  34. Asia Jo says:

    Delicious! And such a Beautiful presentation 🙂 Will try to make it for my housewarming party 🙂

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