Labne dip is rich and creamy, perfect for dipping pita crackers or naan and even delicious served over grilled chicken.
Easy to make for get-togethers, dinner parties, holidays, and more, this dip starts with Cedar’s Labne as the base and is flavored with garam masala, fresh mint, pomegranate arils, and pistachios.
It’s perfectly creamy, flavor-packed, and will be the highlight of the evening and the perfect addition for your warm bread, pita chips, and more.
Make it more than chips and dip! Add it to this Mediterranean Mezze Platter or serve it beneath Air Fryer Chicken.
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Labne Dip Recipe
This super creamy dip shines a light on Middle Eastern food and how tasty it is! If you are unfamiliar with Labne, you may find it as part of mezze platters, crudité platters, or charcuterie boards.
It’s also commonly served under roasted vegetables, like carrots or brussels sprouts.
Labne is an easy dip to make, can be loaded with seasonings, spices, toppings, and more. One of my favorite ways to serve it is with a light drizzle of olive oil and warm pita bread.
What is Labneh?
Labne (also known as labna or labneh) is a soft Middle Eastern cheese made from strained yogurt.
Tangy, thick and creamy, this savory spreadable yogurt adds rich, authentic flavor to sandwiches and bagels. It makes a delicious dip too.
It’s pretty easy to make. However, for this recipe, I used Cedar’s pre-made labne and dressed it up to make for a great appetizer, easy snack, or the perfect addition to a snack platter.
Labne is commonly served with extra virgin olive oil and za’atar. However, you can also turn it into a salad dressing or bowl topping (love it with these Chicken Shawarma Bowls) or sandwiches as a spread.
My favorite way to enjoy labneh is on a snack or appetizer platter with breads, chips, crackers, fresh veggies, fruit, and more!
Ingredients you will need
Labne: although homemade labne is not hard to make. Cedar’s labne is so delicious; you’d never know it wasn’t homemade!
Spice blend: pack in the flavor with delicious herbs and spices like garam masala, garlic, a pinch of salt, and fresh mint. If you don’t have fresh mint, 1/2 teaspoon of dried mint can be used instead.
Toppings: dress up the dip with pomegranate arils (pomegranate seeds) that provide a tiny, crisp, and refreshing bite, along with pistachios that add a delicious nutty flavor and texture.
Bread: what is dip if you have nothing to enjoy it with? I recommend grabbing large slices of naan bread or pita bread. You can slice them into whatever shape you like (strips or triangles).
If you want to add a touch of sweetness, drizzle a little bit of honey over top just before serving.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
Homemade labne vs store bought
Homemade labne is not hard to make, after all, you only need two ingredients.
However, nowadays you can find labne in many grocery stores. Thanks to Cedar’s, I don’t have to put much effort into making a this dip; I can just grab it off the shelf will confidence knowing I am getting restaurant quality, tastes like homemade, dip right from the store!
How to make labne
Dressing up store-bought labne to give it the taste, look, and appearance you want has never been easier.
Once you have your labne yogurt dip, season with garam masala, garlic, salt, and fresh mint. Top the dip with pomegranate arils, chopped pistachios, and more fresh mint. Serve it alongside your favorite bread, crackers, or on a snack platter.
Where to buy labne
I grabbed a container of labne at my local Whole Foods grocery store. Cedar’s has a store finder on the website where you can find the closest store that carries it near you.
All you have to do is type in your zip code and it will pull up all the local grocery stores that carry Cedar’s products.
Want to shop online? Cedar’s also has the option to order their products online. When you type in your zip code, the site will also give you options for how to buy online.
Can I use different toppings?
Whether you are making labneh dip for the holidays, a party, or a snack platter by the pool, this dip is perfect year-round.
Swap out and change up the toppings all year long to keep your labneh dip seasonal. Some other toppings to consider:
- Fresh garlic / clove garlic
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Red pepper flakes / chili flakes
- Fresh basil
- Sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning
- Fresh herbs like dill, cilantro, parsley
- Nuts or seeds
- Fresh figs
- Fresh fruit (a drizzle of fruity olive oil is also delicious)
- Lemon zest
Is Greek yogurt and labne the same?
Although labne is made from yogurt, it is actually very different from Greek yogurt because it’s strained more than Greek yogurt and super thick.
Another big difference is labne gets seasoned with toppings like salt, lemon juice making it more cheese-like and super savory in flavor.
More Dip Recipes to Try
- Maryland Crab Dip
- Jalapeño Popper Dip
- Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip Wonton Cups
- Olive Oil Bread Dip
- Mexican Street Corn Dip
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Creamy Labne Dip
- 2 cups Cedar's Labneh
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- small pinch of kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
- 2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped
- 2 large naan breads, for dipping
- honey, to drizzle
- In a small mixing bowl, combine labneh with garam masala, minced garlic, mint, and a pinch of salt. Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Top with pomegranate arils, pistachios, and garnish with mint leaves. Add a light drizzle of honey and serve with warm naan bread for dipping.
- Optional: add a squeeze of orange juice just before serving
- If you don’t have garam masala, coriander mixed with cumin would be delicious, or za’atar.
Love the flavors in your labne dip! I prefer savory dips so this is right up my alley! YUM!
Maria San Juan
Yum! This was so good!
Excited to add this to my holiday line up for dinner this year! Looks so creamy and delicious; the perfect appetizer for Christmas, indeed!
Delicious recipe and perfect for our Christmas sharing platter 🙂
This will be perfect for Christmas eve appetizers. I love how easy this is to put together and the pomegranate seeds are a great idea to make it festive!
Love how easy this recipe is. It’s perfect for our gathering!
I loved how rich and creamy this was! It was perfect with naan and the addition of pomegranate arils was perfection!
Delicious! Love how creamy this dip was, and a perfect use of my extra pita. Made it for a friend gathering and everyone loved it!
I had no idea Whole Foods had Labneh. Adding it to my shopping list! This dip is right up my alley with the pomegranate and mint!
I’ve only had labneh in restaurants but now I’m excited to know that I can buy it. On my shopping list now and can’t wait to make this dip.