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Walnut Yogurt Dip with Sesame Pita Chips

labneh with pita

Yogurt is found in almost every Middle Eastern household. It is also on almost every Middle Eastern brunch table as well. This variation of labneh (strained yogurt) is one of my favorite ways to eat it. There is texture from the nuts, creaminess from the yogurt, and immense flavor from the herbs & spices. It is also very easy to whip up making it perfect for a quick appetizer or brunch side dish! Often, pita bread is accompanied with labneh or hummus or baba ghanouj. That is the typical Arabic brunch. Sesame Pita chips is a tasty twist on the basic pita bread; which also takes little effort and time to accomplish. I cannot wait for you to try this simple yogurt dish!


Servings: 6 people

Total Time: 15 minutes


8 ounces of Labnah (Yogurt) found in Middle Eastern Markets. Can substitute with Plain Greek Yogurt.

1 Tbsps olive oil, garnish

2-3 garlic cloves mashed

2 tbsp dried mint

1 tbsp zaatar

1/2 teaspoon sumac, garnish

3 tbsp finely chopped walnuts

2 tbsp dried basil or dried dill

1 tbsp chili paste (shatta), for a slight kick of heat

Salt to taste

pita chips

Pita chips

3 pita breads cut into triangles

1/2 a cup lightly toasted sesame seeds

2-3 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
  • Mix the olive oil with the lightly toasted sesame seeds and spread onto the pita triangles. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes till crisp. Takes about 5 minutes to achieve this.
  • In the meantime, add the walnuts, basil, mint, mashed garlic, zaatar, and 1/2 tbsp olive oil to the yogurt. Mix with a spoon well.
  • Garnish with some sumac, olive oil, and chopped walnuts.


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  1. It’s my understanding that za’atar already has sumac as an ingredient. Is it necessary to add more? If I don’t have sumac, can I use lemon zest instead?

    1. Hi Donna,
      You are correct. Most Za’atar seasoning blends should include sumac as that is the most traditional. The sumac in this recipe is used as a garnish which adds an extra tang but no, it is not necessary if you do not have any. As for lemon, it may be too strong so try without! It should still be delicious! Enjoy ­čÖé

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