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Labneh with Za'atar-Spiced Olive Oil

This simple dip recipe combines the bright tangy profile of fresh labneh with the rich spices of za'atar and delicate olive oils.
Labneh with Za'atar Spiced Olive Oil
Labneh with Za'atar Spiced Olive Oil
By Christina Mercado
Oct. 10, 2020 07:34 UTC

Za’atar is an herb and spice blend that dates back to the first cen­tury in the Middle East. And like many blends that have stood the test of time, there are many vari­a­tions in the recipes. However, the most com­mon ingre­di­ents found in all of them are thyme, oregano, mar­jo­ram, sesame seeds, sumac and salt.

To com­ple­ment such a fra­grant spice blend, it takes a unique base such as lab­neh! If you’re unfa­mil­iar with lab­neh, it is a won­der­fully creamy and thick strained yogurt. While most of the whey is removed dur­ing its pro­duc­tion, it still man­ages to keep its dis­tinct tangy taste — mak­ing it the per­fect base to bal­ance and com­ple­ment a za’atar infused olive oil in this dish.


Labneh with Za’atar-Spiced EVOO

Course: Appetizers, SidesDifficulty: Easy


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This sim­ple dip recipe com­bines the bright tangy pro­file of fresh lab­neh with the rich and robust spices of za’atar. To best carry those fla­vors through­out the dish, be sure to choose a high-qual­ity del­i­cate olive oil.


  • Za’atar infused olive oil
  • 4ozextra-vir­gin olive oil

  • 2 1/2tspza’atar spice blend

  • Labneh Dip
  • 1cuplab­neh

  • 2Tbspza’atar-infused olive oil

  • 1/2 tspza’atar spice blend

  • 1/2tsplarge flaked sea salt


  • In a small, heavy-bot­tomed pot gen­tly warm olive oil and 2 1/2 tea­spoons of the za’atar spice. Be care­ful not to boil the oil, and stir occa­sion­ally to pre­vent the spices from sit­ting on the bot­tom and burn­ing. Cook for 30 – 40 min­utes until the oil is fra­grant.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool at room tem­per­a­ture. Store in an air­tight con­tainer until use.
  • Scoop lab­neh into a serv­ing dish and slowly pour in 2 tables spoons of the infused olive oil on top.
  • Using a small spoon, or tooth­pick, swirl the oil into the lab­neh to cre­ate lay­ers. Sprinkle remain­ing za’atar spice on top and sea salt
  • Serve with your favorite pita, lavash, or saj breads.


  • Try this recipe with a del­i­cate Koroneiki to add notes of fruit and green almond to the spread!
  • If you’re unable to find lab­neh, a Greek-Style yogurt can be used.

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