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Lebanese Laban Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

    This cool and creamy Lebanese laban cucumber yogurt sauce is perfect with grilled meats, salmon or as a side salad with a variety of Lebanese specialties such as grape leaves, tabbouleh or m’juddarah.

    Cucumber Laban Lebanese Yogurt Sauce Recipe


    Cucumber laban 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 test taste often to find the perfect balance of garlic, mint and lemon juice. Cool, creamy and refreshing, I can’t get enough of it.

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    To this day I am confident mine doesn’t taste as good as Aunt Paula’s which is funny because she never thinks hers tastes right either. Why is that?

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    Cucumber laban is traditionally served alongside Lebanese dishes such as Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves, M’Juddarah (lentils and bulgur with caramelized onions), Stuffed Kousa Squash or Sfeehas (meat pies). It is also great in a pita sandwich or on top of grilled salmon, chicken or pork.

    Cucumber Laban Lebanese Yogurt Sauce Recipe

    Of course, you could always eat it plain in a big bowl which is my 20-month-old son’s favorite way to eat it! He literally can’t get enough of it and has eaten it since he started with solids. To make it baby/toddler-friendly, you can grate the cucumber so that it doesn’t require teeth. :)

    Lebanese Cucumber Laban Yogurt Sauce Recipe

    When I served mine to my mom and aunts recently I was relieved when they said it tasted just like their Grandma Sito’s which is the best compliment you can get in our family.

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    What types of yogurt work best for leban?

    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.

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    Lebanese Cucumber Laban Yogurt Sauce Recipe

    Lebanese Laban Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

    4.24 stars average
    This cool and creamy Lebanese laban cucumber yogurt sauce is perfect with grilled meats, salmon or as a side salad with a variety of Lebanese specialties.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
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    Servings: 4

    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.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 13.5gProtein: 7gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 380mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 9.3g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    82 Comments

    1. My girlfriend said she’ll eat it again. That’s good, because like you, it was a childhood favorite. My mother taught me to slice the cucumber thin and layer it with salt, let it sit and then squeeze it to draw out the water. At any rate, I used labneh from ARZ in California which is made from cow milk. I never put lemon juice in mine, so it was interesting to see how it turned out. Great!

    2. I made this for your Chicken Shawarma recipe and I pretty much want to eat it on EVERYTHING now. And I don’t even like cucumbers!

      We are trying to go dairy-free at my house due to an allergy, so I made this with unsweetened coconut yogurt and it was perfect. My husband had no idea it wasn’t regular yogurt.

    3. Brings me back to my childhood in a Lebanese, Greek, & French Canadian kitchen- did WE get a little taste of everything!
      Our cucumbers were cut into bites and with the same dressing, served as a salad.

    4. As soon as I saw the words “Lebanese and yogurt”, I was sold! I grew up in Asia and the Middle East (State Dept. brat) and have such fond memories of Beirut. When you lived in third world nations in the 50’s and 60’s, Lebanon was a wonderful place to vacation, It was a lovely city with gorgeous beaches and the food was too delicious for words. I use this sauce in so many ways and my family loves it, from the oldest to the very young. (I also just eat it with a spoon.) Your recipe is perfect and it must have been kismet when it popped up on my Pinterest feed.

    5. Found this recipe about 6 months ago and have been making it regularly. Love, love, love! We make homemade yogurt, and I try to eat a healthy amount of it for health reasons, but I really struggle wit the sweet variations on it (added fruit, honey, etc) and much prefer savory. This recipe is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Thanks Liz, ignore my double post/question on the kafta recipe, sorry!

        Very helpful, I have made your tzatziki before, super good!

    6. Yay!! Another’s cuke recipe, and this ones right up my hubby’s alley! Reminds him of his aunt’s who are fabulous lenabese cooks.. Let see if I can wow him with this and use up my cukes at the same time!

    7. Liz,
      Looks very yummy–I think my way-more-than-20 month olds would prefer grated cukes too, as they are not cucumber fans, though they like cooling sides.

      Thanks!

    8. My grandmother used to make homemade Luban, so I decided to checkout this post. When I saw the link to Steehas it reminded me of her so I had to check it out. Love that your family gets together to make Lebanese food.. my favorite!! Any chance your Aunt would consider letting you post her Steehas recipe? They look very much like my grandmother’s and I would love to give them a try.

      1. Linda we tried several variations that day and none of them were up to my aunt’s standards!!! I wish I knew. :(

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