Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Feta cheese, greek yogurt, Za'atar, and olive oil are all combined to create a tangy yet refreshing Middle Eastern dip.
This refreshing dip is healthy, easy to make, goes well with veggies, and... it is truly flavorful!
Instead of getting some store-bought dip loaded with preservatives and chemicals, try this traditional Lebanese dip and let it become a favorite for healthy snacks or at parties!
Let's make it!
Prep time: 10 minutes to 48 hours
Cooking time: 0
Serves 10 to 15 people
You will need a piece of cheesecloth to strain the yogurt unless you are able to buy it already strained.
32 oz. of plain Greek yogurt
6 oz. feta crumbles (drained)
1 tablespoon of Za'atar
2 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)
the grind of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of dried oregano,
1 tablespoon of sumac
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of marjoram
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
Process all together in the blender
Step 1: Strain the Yogurt
Mix the yogurt and the salt.
Place the cheesecloth in a colander suspended above a bowl.
Add the yogurt. Fold the cheesecloth over the yogurt and squeeze hard. You will see a lot of liquid will drain from it. Discard the excess liquid and set yogurt aside in a mixing bowl.
For a thicker drained yogurt: once you place it in the cheesecloth, let it rest covered and suspended in colander over a bowl in the refrigerator for 48 hours, then remove from the refrigerator, drain and discard the excess liquid, place yogurt on a plate, and let it dry out for about 6 hours.
Step 2: Making the Labneh
Place drained yogurt in a non-reactive mixing bowl.
Add the crumbled feta cheese, garlic, salt to taste, and the lemon grind. Mix well. Transfer dip to a serving dish.
Sprinkle a generous amount of olive oil over the dish and garnish with the Za'atar.
Serve and enjoy!!!
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