Cucumber Laban (Lebanese Yogurt Sauce)

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This cool and creamy cucumber laban (Lebanese yogurt sauce) is perfect with grilled meats, salmon, or as a side salad with a variety of Lebanese specialties.

Spooning out cucumber laban Lebanese yogurt sauce.


Cucumber laban (Lebanese yogurt sauce) holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, I remember watching my Aunt Paula make it in her kitchen before family dinners or holiday gatherings. She would taste test often to find the perfect balance of garlic, mint, and lemon juice. Khyar bi laban is traditionally served alongside many Lebanese dishes such as Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves, M’Juddarah (lentils and bulgur with caramelized onions), Stuffed Kousa Squash, or Sfeehas.

Ingredients

  • Yogurt: I use low-fat plain yogurt, for a creamy, tangy, refreshing taste.
  • Cucumber: Using English cucumbers is my go to as they don’t have as many seeds and the skin usually isn’t as bitter, but you could use regular cucumbers as well.
  • Lemon juice: The bright, acidic, citrusy flavor cuts through the creamy yogurt sauce and pairs well with the cucumber.
  • Mint: I use dried mint as it has an intense flavor and is easy to access, but you could use fresh mint as well, although you’d have to use more of it.
  • Garlic: Strong, aromatic, and a little nutty if flavor, it pairs well with many flavors and ingredients.

How to Make Cucumber Laban

Chopping a cucumber

Start your cucumber laban by dicing your cucumber. Alternatively, you could also shred it.

Adding yogurt to bowl 2

Then in a large bowl, scoop in your yogurt.

Adding cucumber to bowl

And add in the chopped cucumber.

Grating garlic into sauce

Then using a microplane, freshly grate your garlic, or you could also mince it.

Squeezing lemon juice 1

Then add your freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Adding dried mint to bowl

And finish with the dried mint, and some salt and pepper to taste.

Mixing laban

Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Cucumber laban (Lebanese yogurt sauce)

Garnish with additional mint (dried or fresh), serve, and enjoy your Cucumber Laban (Lebanese Yogurt Sauce)!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What types of yogurt work best for laban?

Greek yogurt would work, but it would make the laban tangier. Low-fat yogurt works best.

How far in advance can this be made?

Cucumber laban can be made 1-2 days ahead of time for a gathering.

What is the difference between tzatziki and laban?

They are very similar in that they use yogurt and cucumber, but where Greek tzatziki uses dill, laban uses mint.

Cucumber laban (Lebanese yogurt sauce)

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Liz eating cucumber laban Lebanese yogurt sauce.

Whip up a batch of my Cucumber Laban (Lebanese Yogurt Sauce) and pair it with a Lebanese classic, or it’s also great in a pita sandwich or on top of grilled salmon, chicken, or pork.

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Cucumber Laban (Lebanese Yogurt Sauce)

4.28 stars average
This cool and creamy cucumber laban Lebanese yogurt sauce is perfect with grilled meats, salmon, or as a side salad with a variety of Lebanese specialties.
PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups plain low fat yogurt
  • 2 cups cucumber (finely chopped)
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Check for seasoning and add more lemon, garlic, mint or salt depending on your personal preference.

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Nutrition

Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 13.5gProtein: 7gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 380mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 9.3g
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82 responses to “Cucumber Laban (Lebanese Yogurt Sauce)”

  1. Carolyn Avatar
    Carolyn

    Cucumbers and yogurt are a match made in heaven. I’d be pouring this all over my roasted veggies!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Love the idea of drizzling over roasted veggies!!! Good call!

  2. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Um, I want to dive head first into this sauce!! It would be my ultimate happy place!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Ummm…me too. You should see how my toddler eats it. :)

  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking Avatar
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Wow, what a great looking sauce! I love cool, refreshing sauces like this on grilled meats in the summer…. nothing better! Thanks for sharing, Liz.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Same here – the yogurt is perfect for hot grilled meats for that very reason!! Enjoy!

  4. Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective Avatar
    Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective

    My neighbors growing up were from Lebanon and their kitchen was always full of the best food!! It was fun trying authentic Lebanese food. Yum!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That’s too funny! I bet their house smelled like garlic like mine does most days. :)

  5. Katie Avatar
    Katie

    This sauce looks so good. I must give it a try on grilled chicken!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes you will love it on grilled chicken!! Enjoy!

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite Avatar
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    Love this tasty dish.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know if you try it! I know you’ll love it. :)

  7. steph@stephsbitebybite Avatar
    steph@stephsbitebybite

    Sounds fabulous! I wanna dip my veggies in this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      PERFECT for dipping veggies!!! Good idea. :) You can also grate/shred the cucumber to make it easier for dipping!

  8. Kalyn Avatar
    Kalyn

    Similar to Tzatziki, which I love. You’re lucky to have such great family food memories.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes totally! It’s the Middle Eastern version of the Greek tzatziki or the Indian raita. Thank you Kalyn – I really am lucky. :-)

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple Avatar
    Jen @ Savory Simple

    Yogurt sauce is a perfect side for so many wonderful dishes (many of which you named). And like your little guy I could also eat it with a spoon! Might just have to hit up the local Lebanese joint for lunch now.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really is isn’t it??? I go through a large container of plain yogurt every week for this very reason!

  10. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    I’ll be the first to comment and say that I love this sauce!! We put it on everything…I also grew up eating it and am so happy you shared this recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I thought of you when I wrote this post!!! I love that at least one person loves this recipe as much as I do!!