Lebanese Labneh Dip takes a traditional Labneh Sandwich and turns it into a super healthy and delicious dip! Serve it with lightly toasted pita chips!
If you are Lebanese, I can guarantee you grew up on Labneh Sandwiches. If you’re not an explanation may be in order… Labneh Sandwiches are made using a soft thin pita bread, slathered with a thick layering of labneh and topped with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and maybe a sprinkling of za’tar. I love them! Oh and try toasting the bread over an open flame. Wow is it yummy when the labneh is warm and the bread is slightly charred.
Only problem for me and my kids is that here in China, it’s not easy to find rollable pita bread. You can find mini pita breads but they are too thick to roll up, but perfect for dipping into hummus or other Lebanese dips, So I got to thinking, why not deconstruct the infamous Lebanese sandwich and turn it into a scrumptious Lebanese Labneh Dip using my favorite sandwich fillings!
My Book Club crew is trying to be healthier so I decided to make this dip for them. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received. For a Lebanese person, it’s like dipping into a bowl of heaven, but my Swedish, Danish, Canadian and American friends I wasn’t too sure. Worst case scenario I get to eat it all by myself. It’s a risk I was willing to take. But guess what?
Everyone loved it! Woohoo! It was a nice healthy option for a night filled with cookie calories!!
How do you make Labneh? Well that’s going to get it’s own post soon, but here’s the summary…
Place a cheese cloth in a colander. Take your Laban, stir in a teaspoon of salt and place it in the cheese cloth. Tie the cheese cloth, pressing down to tie it as tightly as possible. Then hang it up to drain. I hang my Laban on a kitchen cabinet handle. Depending on how much water is in your Laban and how thick you want your Labneh the bag needs to drain for 4 hours to overnight (if you’re in a rush and you need the labneh faster you can press squeeze the bag and press down often to help remove the excess whey). The Labneh can then be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. Easy peasy and oh so healthy!
Lebanese Labaneh Dip takes a traditional Labaneh Sandwich and turns it into a super healthy and delicious dip! Serve it with lightly toasted pita chips!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 cup Labaneh
- 1/2 cup Green Olives, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup Tomatoes, diced small
- 1 Small Cucumber, seeded and diced small
- 3 sprigs Green Onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Za'atar
- Lightly Toasted Pita Bread for serving
- Olive Oil for garnish
- Mix all of the ingredients together except the pita bread.
- Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
- Serve with lightly toasted pita bread.