Labneh Dip with Pomegranate

This labneh dip with pomegranate is a delicious party dip recipe for entertaining. Made with strained yogurt, it’s reminiscent of cream cheese.

Labneh Dip with Pomegranate | Labneh cheese | Strained yogurt

This labneh dip with pomegrante recipe is sponsored by California Olive Ranch. All opinions are our own.

If you’re looking for a simple party appetizer, we’ve got your back. This dip is Alex’s brainchild; thickened Greek yogurt (called labneh or labneh cheese), sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, bright yellow olive oil, and sage. Thickening the yogurt overnight makes it creamier and even more tangy. Contrasted with the sweet burst of the pomegranate seeds and fruity olive oil, it’s a winner in our book. The only advanced planning needed is thickening the yogurt; it takes 24 hours. Otherwise it’s incredibly easy to put together: spread on a plate, sprinkle with the toppings, and enjoy with crackers (like these homemade crackers!), bread or crostini. Keep reading for the labneh dip recipe.

Labneh Dip with Pomegranate | Labneh cheese | Strained yogurt

Benefits of olive oil

We developed this recipe using olive oil from California Olive Ranch. You can absolutely taste the difference in quality olive oil, so use the best quality oil you can find here. And interesting enough, there are many benefits to including olive oil in your diet, including preventing some cancers, promoting heart health, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing risk of diabetes. Though fat has gotten a bad rap in the past, research is increasingly showing that healthy fats are actually good and can help you manage your weight, fight stress, improve mood swings, and decrease mental fatigue. All that to say, that drizzle topping doesn’t just taste great; it’s also good for your body.

How to make labneh dip

So what is labneh? Labneh is simply strained yogurt, sometimes called labneh cheese or yogurt cheese. To make this thick, strained cheese you’ll need to stir some salt into a container of plain yogurt. Whole milk yogurt works best for this labneh recipe since it’s thicker than nonfat yogurt and has a lot more flavor. Once you’ve stirred the salt into the yogurt, you pour it into a cheesecloth and tie it onto a wooden spoon. Suspend the spoon over the mouth of a pitcher and place it into the fridge for a full 24 hours to give the whey plenty of time to separate from the yogurt. After 24 hours have passed, you should be left with a thick, creamy labneh.

This labneh dip is nothing other than labneh cheese spread onto a plate and topped with pomegranate seeds, olive oil and dried sage. It sounds deceptively simple, but the sweet pomegranate against the savory creamy labneh cheese and the fruity olive oil makes for a super delicious party dip recipe.

Simple entertaining ideas and party dip recipes are always at the top of our list during the holidays; we’d love to hear your ideas! What are your favorites for stress-free entertaining?

Labneh Dip with Pomegranate | Labneh cheese | Strained yogurt

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Labneh Dip with Pomegranate


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x

Description

This labneh dip with pomegranate is a delicious party dip recipe for entertaining. Made with strained yogurt, it’s reminiscent of cream cheese.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (we used California Olive Ranch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • Crackers or crostini, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the yogurt and kosher salt. Pour the yogurt into a cheesecloth or handkerchief and tie it over a wooden spoon. Hang the cheesecloth over a pitcher and allow to strain in a refrigerator for 24 hours. After 24 hours, discard the whey strained from the yogurt. Transfer the labneh to a container or use immediately (keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks).
  2. Prior to serving, seed the pomegranate: Cut the pomegranate in quarters and place them in a large bowl of water. Under the water, gently pull out the seeds with your fingers. Eventually, you’ll be able to turn the peel inside out to extract the seeds closest to the outer skin. As you work, the pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom, while the white pith from the fruit will float to the top. When all of the seeds are extracted, skim off the white pith and strain out the water. Rinse the pomegranate seeds, then store the extra seeds in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
  3. To serve, spread the labneh on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and sage. Serve with crackers or bread.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Strained
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Labneh, Labneh Cheese, Strained Yogurt, Labneh Dip, Pomegranate, Party Dip Recipes, Party Appetizers, Vegetarian, Healthy

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Tori//Gringalicious.com
    November 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    What a perfect holiday party food! This is my kind of dip!!!

  • Reply
    Allyson (Considering The Radish)
    November 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Wow this looks gorgeous. It’s so bright and festive, and I love that it’s an unexpected and healthy addition to the holiday table. I can’t wait to make this.

  • Reply
    Edwina at The Equipped Cook
    November 17, 2016 at 7:07 am

    This dip looks delicious and so healthy. I love greek yogurt and the idea of it with the pomegranate is genius!

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