Labneh with mint, parsley and preserved lemon

I love labneh. Its a middle eastern spreadable cheese made of yogurt. It’s a creamy, healthy, and indulgent yet secretly healthy dip. It’s amazing on bagels, with pita bread, or with veggies. I order it at restaurants all the time but recently realized how easy it is to make.

Make this for a healthy, protein-rich appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups 5% fat Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 serrano chili or jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon

Instructions

  1. First, make the labneh. Add a pinch of salt to your Greek yogurt and stir well. Put the mixture in a cheesecloth and wrap up securely. Place bundle in a large sieve or colander over a large bowl and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. The excess liquid from your yogurt will drain and leave you with labneh.
  2. Add lemon juice to your labneh, plus salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
  3. In a good processor or mortar and pestle, combine garlic, parsley, mint, chili, olive oil, cumin, and 2 tablespoons preserved lemon. Pulse or pound until mixture is smooth and no large chunks remain.
  4. Stir 2/3 of mixture into labneh. Drizzle remaining 1/3 over labneh and garnish with remaining preserved lemon. Serve with pita chips or fresh crudités.

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