Labneh (Lebanese Cream Cheese)


This is the Lebanese version of cream cheese, a lot tastier and lower in calories. Serve on a plate, sprinkled with olive oil, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and mint. Or simply spread it like cream cheese on pita bread.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 5 mins
2 pounds


  • 16 cups plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Line a large colander with a cheesecloth. Stir salt into the yogurt, and pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth. Set the colander in the sink or bowl to catch the liquid that drains off. Leave to drain for 24 hours.

  2. After draining for the 24 hours, transfer the resulting cheese to a bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

92 Calories
4g Fat
9g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 224mg 17%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 287mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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