Labneh with Black Olives & Bad Az Za’atar

Labneh with Black Olives & Bad Az Za’atar

We’re not sure if sprezzatura applies to food, but if it is – it describes this dish to a tee! Stylish and nonchalant, this appetizer can be plated and served in minutes with just a few ingredients on hand. (That is, provided you have some labneh ready in the fridge. If not, whipped cream cheese also works.)


  • 1 Tub (650g ) of Yogurt, full fat – avoid skimmed/low fat
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Drizzle of good quality Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Bad’Az Za’atar
  • Black Olives *Optional
  • Crackers
  • Cheesecloth


  1. Mix the yogurt with salt and place it in the cheesecloth to make labneh. Suspend the salted yogurt in the cheesecloth using a strainer and bowl, letting it sit overnight in the fridge. Voila – labneh!
  2. Use a portion of the labneh (4-5 Tbsp or more), and either set on or spread it onto a serving dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Bad’Az and scatter olives over the top.
  3. Serve with crackers or baguette.