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Labneh with Olive Oil and Za’atar

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Sour, creamy and buttery, you will love this easy appetizer of labneh drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with za’atar.

Labneh with Zaatar and Olive Oil and Pita Bread

Za’atar is one of those ingredients that I always have on hand. I grew up eating it and as an adult, I continue to use it to season meals in one form or another almost daily. Today’s recipe is one of my favorite snacks and also makes a great appetizer for dinner parties or casual entertaining.

Liz Drizzling Olive Oil

Frequently asked questions:

How is labneh different than yogurt?

Labneh (Middle Eastern strained yogurt) is similar to Greek yogurt but thicker in consistency and richer in flavor.

Where can I buy labneh?

Labneh can be made at home or you can find in most Middle Eastern or international grocery stores.

Labneh with Zaatar Recipe

Creamy labneh is a Middle Eastern staple often eaten at breakfast. It is similar in consistency to crème fraîche, sour cream or Greek yogurt. It is nice and tangy which is why it compliments so well with silky olive oil, earthy za’atar and a good pinch of salt.

drizzling olive oil onto lebneh

I urge you to serve it with my easy-as-can-be Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar but it is also delicious with sesame crackers, lavash bread or fresh veggies.

No fork required.

lebneh and olive oil side view

Labneh with Olive Oil and Za’atar

4.72 stars average
Sour, creamy and buttery, you will love this easy appetizer of labneh drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with za’atar.
PREP: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
Servings: 16


  • 2 cups labneh
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar (fresh pita bread or veggies for serving)


  • Spread labneh out in a thin layer on a medium serving platter or large plate. It’s important to spread out in a thin layer as opposed to serving in a bowl so that every bite gets a bit of the spices and olive oil.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with za’atar and salt.
  • Serve with pita chips, veggies or fresh pita bread.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 173mgSugar: 1g

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  1. Hi! I was wondering if you know where to buy labneh. I have had it in my home country but I have not found it in the US…

  2. No way! I just had labneh with zaatar and olive oil few minutes before seeing your post on my email inbox! :D
    I used goat labneh and brown toasted pumpernickle bread.

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