DIY: Labneh | Cucumber Labneh Sandwich

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Coming to the second post after the Almond Milk… Yes, Labneh is not vegan, and I am not using it at the moment, but I do make it for the kids at times when I am in a mood for making shawarmas. 😀 OK, please don’t search for that recipe, it is not yet on the blog, but hopefully it should appear soon – how soon, I don’t know. 🙂


Labneh is a staple in Arab cooking. You will see a lot of recipes using this ingredient in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and a big part of of Arab and North African countries. What is labneh? Labneh is nothing but strained yogurt. Once yogurt is strained off its whey, it attains a cheesy texture. The use of salt gives it a cheese feeling and keeps it staying fresh in the fridge for at least a week. You can also find that labneh is rolled into balls and soaked into the seasoned olive oil to keep it for a longer shelf life. Making labneh is so similar to making shrikand, though the former is on the savory side! 🙂 The only difference is for shrikand, you don’t drain for as long as you would drain to make labneh.


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There is no dearth in getting labneh here, fresh or UHT treated, since it is like a staple in cooking in this part of the world. But the price is just too high that I rarely buy labneh and it is bought only if I have any plans with it. Ever since I discovered that it was so easy to make it at home, I have never gone back to buying them from the store. Especially if you have yogurt threatening to expire, make labneh and you can see the salt just extends the shelf life by another few days! The easiest way to eat it is to slather it onto your bread – truly delicious! You can leave it plain or sprinkle into it your favorite seasoning – mine is definitely zaatar! The combination of labneh and zaatar just cannot go wrong and the delicious sandwich that I post along is just proof for it. So let’s go ahead with the process? There you go…


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4 from 2 votes

DIY: Labneh | Cucumber Labneh Sandwich

Course Spread
Cuisine Arab
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 litre full fat yogurt
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Zaatar
  • 2 tbsp labneh


  • For preparing the labneh, mix salt into the yogurt and whisk well.
  • Keep a muslin cloth over a deep pan. You can put a rubber band around to keep the cloth in its place. Slowly empty the yogurt into it.
  • Close the lid and keep it overnight or even long in the fridge, upto 12 hours.
  • Take out, transfer the drained labneh into a neat container.
  • Store in the fridge and use within 5 days.
  • For the sandwich, mix up the cucumber, zaatar and labneh in a bowl.
  • Spread onto one bread and top with the other. Dig in!


Use a clean and dry spoon while scooping out labneh to avoid formation of moulds.


Join the Conversation

  1. Simple yummy sandwich

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beenachechi…

  2. Hats off rafs for trying different recipes

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Babitha…

  3. i love labneh and prefer it over cream cheese for sandwiches..these sandwich look too yumm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  4. rani arun says:

    Though i had it many times i never knew this name 🙂 the pics looks truly tempting ..gonna tey it soon

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I helped u get it… Thanks a lot Rani… 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sharvari…

  5. Hi Rafeedah, your sandwich look so good and very appetizing. Great for light snack anytime of the day. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day, regards.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amelia…

  6. yummy sandwich Rafee, will try making off labaneh…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Faseela…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Nisa…

  7. This looks so yum! Haven’t tried a sandwich though. Would love to make it soon. I like to slather labneh on my roti too!:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak… 🙂

  8. This is awesome! Excellent, Rafee.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  9. One thing I am grateful for being in the gulf! I love this and have always stock. The store bought Almari has 6 months shelf lift in fridge and yet mine gets over in a month. I have completely replaced cream cheese and other cheese spread with this for all my sandwiches and burgers. I made labneh once but I prefer to have the store bought because I have to buy enough and more yogurt or a lot of milk to make the yogurt… so doing the math, I just go for the store bought! 😀 Labneh is great to make the Tzatziki dip! try that next time!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have not seen Al Marai here, it is mostly Turkish brands available here and if I do the math, it comes more expensive to buy than to make it off yogurt… 😀 Will try Tzatziki for sure, InShaAllah… Thanks a lot Fami… 🙂

  10. Lovely recipe, reminds me of when I use to make them for my kids break boxes. Back then I knew is as only thick yogurt.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuri…

  11. 3 stars
    Labneh sandwich looks super dear..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Seena…

  12. Yummy! ! Little crushed mint and some chili ohhhh I love it!!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  13. Labneh seems like a superb idea to finish up yogurt. I was just thinking for ways , I have zaatar too.
    Will let u know how it turned out.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Meena… would love to hear from you about your trial…

  14. 5 stars
    Labneh is new for me da. Love that cheesy texture you got. Sandwich looks delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Viki…

  15. Wow, that looks so delish!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beulah…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Archana…

  16. Yummy sandwich..will surely try this.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  17. This is so so good.. Definitely gonna make. I always use hung curd and cucumbers for my sandwich.. Just wanna try after adding salt and then straining..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sherien…

  18. made them today…. it was yumm dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Niloufer for trying… <3

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