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. Sheila Avatar
    Sheila

    I love your family food….I want to be a mouse in your pocket at your family gatherings!! deliciousness!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Girl you would fit right in with our group of loud, crazy women!!!

  2. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Same to you Liz!

  3. Erin @ Texanerin Baking Avatar
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Fun! I didn’t even know something like this existed. I think my husband would love it! I’ll have to try it when we have a yogurt overload. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so tasty!! Very similar to tzatziki or raita. We eat it on everything!

  4. Julie @ Table for Two Avatar
    Julie @ Table for Two

    What a refreshing treat for summer!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Wonder if it would taste good on my leftover general tsao’s? :) jk.

  5. Christy@SweetandSavoring Avatar
    Christy@SweetandSavoring

    I love yogurt sauce! I make a similar version to eat with chickpea flatbread and grilled veggies. Fresh mint is a great addition!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Ummm….chickpea flat bread? I want that now!!

      1. Christy@SweetandSavoring Avatar
        Christy@SweetandSavoring

        Oh, it’s delicious! You can make it super thin or thicker, add in fresh herbs, spinach, etc. Here’s where I got the recipe:
        http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-socca-a-naturally-gluten-free-chickpea-flatbread-169513

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to check it out!!

  6. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Yes, please. I love this and could literally eat a dollop on just about anything!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      me too!! My son eats it almost daily!! I think the raw garlic is so good for you too.

  7. Heather Avatar
    Heather

    Soooo…I feel like such a creeper, but I’ve totally been doing the plank challenge with you and just not saying anything…but OUCH. My abs are burning, and I love it! And, by the way, I love that I can eat this amazing dip and not worry that I just lost all of the hard work from the plank challenge ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha That does not sound creeper at all! I’m thrilled!!! Yes I’m all about eating lots of food so that means it is usually healthy. :) Keep up the good work with the planks!!

  8. Jeanne (NanaBread) Avatar
    Jeanne (NanaBread)

    This? On warm pita bread? Fuhgedduhboudit! I’m in love.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh dear – I need warm pita bread right now!!!

  9. Nikki @Seeded at the Table Avatar
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    I bet it’s great as a sauce, but is it similar to the new Greek yogurt dips found now on store shelves? If so, I’m glad to have a homemade versions. Woop woop!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I actually haven’t tried those yet Nikki!! It’s a little bit less thick than Greek yogurt since I use regular yogurt but you could either a) let the yogurt strain through a cheese cloth for 45 minutes or b) use Greek yogurt instead. :) Regardless it’s addictive and extremely toddler friendly!

  10. Laurie {SimplyScratch} Avatar
    Laurie {SimplyScratch}

    Soooo yeah, Liz… I pretty much want to dunk my face in that bowl. LOVE IT!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      LOL me too! We make it weekly!!