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Is Labneh Vegan? 

by Fabian Jackson

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We love a versatile ingredient that seems to be able to do it all, and what’s a better example of this than yoghurt that can bring together sweet and savoury recipes alike? But how does labneh differ from thick yoghurts and is it even vegan? Keep reading to find out.

What is labneh?

Labneh is essentially the same product as other thick yoghurts like Greek yoghurt, but the name is more commonly used in West Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Like Greek yoghurt, labneh is strained yoghurt that has had around half of its whey removed with labneh generally being strained slightly more. 

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Labneh is often seasoned with lemon juice and salt, but the biggest difference is its use and application – generally, yoghurt has connotations of sweet desserts and labneh savoury, paired with za’atar. 

Is labneh vegan?

No, traditionally labneh isn’t vegan-friendly as it’s a dairy product, however, there are some tasty plant-based options that we love.

Vegan labneh recipe 

Check out this great vegan labneh recipe with za’atar from Veg and Fred. The perfect dip for any weekend feast!


Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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