Labneh is an incredibly versatile strained yoghurt cheese. It is very easy to make with a rich, creamy texture and a slightly tart flavour. It can served as part of a cheese platter, used as a dip or added to sautéed green vegetables. It’s great on toast and delicious with honey and stewed fruits. Labneh rolled into balls and stored in a beautiful, herb-infused olive oil makes a wonderful gift.

Recipe created by Nourish cook and Dietitian, Clare Gray

  • Prep time:
    10 minutes
  • Serves:
    enough for about 6 medium jars


  1. Place the yoghurt and salt in a large bowl and mix together well.
  2. Line a sieve with several layers of muslin and place over a mixing bowl. 
  3. Add the yoghurt mixture into it.
  4. Tie the sides of the muslin together and hang from a shelf in the fridge or tie to the end of a rolling pin or wooden spoon with a bowl underneath to collect the whey. 
  5. Leave to hang for 2-3 days.
  6. Open the muslin and serve as you like.
  7. If you choose to make balls from the labneh, use a teaspoon to scoop off pieces and using the palms of your hands, roll them into balls of about a 2cm diameter.
  8. Place the labneh balls into sterilised jars.
  9. Whisk the oil together with the chopped herbs, lemon zest and oil.
  10. Pour over the labneh and place a small, whole chilli in each jar and seal the jar.
  11. Allow to marinate for at least 8 hours.


The labneh will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • 1kg Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 500ml good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons roughly chopped herbs (parsley, tarragon, coriander, chives, thyme) zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 small red chillies

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