A platter of thick labneh layered with za'tar, olive oil and olives was a staple snack in my home growing up. My mom would even make us pita sandwiches for school with these ingredients! These flavors from home inspired this toast, piled high with fresh ingredients! The addition of Barhi dates really rounds out the complex flavors. But don't worry, the recipe is anything but complex!
1" thick slice of sourdough bread (or your fave)
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp Labneh Yogurt (found at all Middle eastern stores)
Half a cucumber, sliced
1 tsp Za'tar (found at most Middle Eastern stores)
1 tsp Sumac, ground (found at most Middle Eastern stores)
5 Kalamata olives, chopped
4 Barhi Dates, pitted, and chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
Drizzle olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
Yogurt drizzle: 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbsp tahini, a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprinkle of salt.
1. Toast your sourdough bread, rub the toast with garlic clove 2. Spread the labneh. 3. Add sliced cucumbers. 4. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. 5. Sprinkle with za'tar and sumac. 6. Add chopped olives and dates. 7. Top off with the mint, drizzle with olive oil, and with the yogurt drizzle.