This. Is. Like. Crack. Just trust me on this – it’s good enough to want to bury your face in it for the weekend and eat until you explode. Typically, you’d eat this with tasted pita bread; however, I serve it with vegetables for parties, and when we aren’t entertaining anyone, I just eat it out of a bowl. It’s the best “yogurt breakfast” you’ll ever try, and the nutritional components will keep you going all day.
Labneh is a little hard to explain. It’s made from salted yogurt or kefir that’s been drained of its whey (liquid). Not just a general straining, but a super strain. It’s a form of yogurt cheese, but it a little more tangy than traditional yogurt cheese made from Greek yogurt. It’s the consistency of a slightly softer form of cream cheese. It’s high in protein and beneficial bacteria. It’s low in lactose, so a lot of the time people who are intolerant are able to eat it. I get mine at the Middle Eastern grocery store here – it’s a delicious brand that’s imported from Lebanon. You probably won’t find it at a regular grocery store, so if you don’t have an Arabic grocery, it’s pretty easy to make yourself. You can find a recipe to make it HERE.
The toppings listed for this dip REALLY are what make the dip. Za’atar is a spice mix that you’ll find at the Arabic grocery. You can also make your own, and you’ll find 10,000 different recipes for it. Everyone makes it a little different – the major similarities are thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. Trust me, you’ll want to keep this on hand at all times. It makes EVERYTHING taste better. Simple recipe found HERE. Pistachios and kalamata olives can be found pretty much anywhere. Pomegranate arils are a little harder to come by (I have a feeling that this would taste equally good with chopped strawberries, but I haven’t tried that yet). You can scoop them out of a pomegranate if you want…I will always pay slightly more to get the container of arils. I hate messing with pomegranates.
This is about to become your new “Christmas Crack” that everyone eats at all your gatherings. I seriously have a friend that I make this for every time she comes over, and she will eat her body-weight in it before she’s been in the house for 10 minutes.
Labneh Dip (Keto, Primal)
Nutrition: (6 servings per recipe) Calories (403), Total Fat (32.1 g), Saturated Fat (12.6 g), Cholesterol (69.3 mg), Sodium (952.5 mg), Total Carbs (8.6 g), Fiber (0.3 g), Net Carbs (8.3 g), Sugars (6.8 g), Protein (16.7 g)
2 C labneh
1/8 tsp salt
2 T chopped mint
2 T chopped pistachios
1 T chopped kalamata olives
1/4 C za’atar
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
1/2 C pomegranate arils
1. – In small bowl, mix mint, nuts, olives, za’atar, salt, and olive oil. Mix to combine.
2.- Spread labneh on flat plate, about an inch high. Spoon topping over the labneh and allow to drip over sides of cheese. Sprinkle the top with pomegranate arils. Serve with vegetables, toasted pita, and/or minty red tea.