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Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip (Labneh)

creamy garlic yoghurt

Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip. 

And vegan, at that.

garlic yogurt dip

No funny sugar-y flavored yogurts here. This recipe uses my super simple, traditional-style, homemade tangy Homemade Vegan Yogurt as its base and is topped off with a delicious salty-garlic mixture.

This Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip is thick, tangy, savory and perfect for chip and veggie dipping.

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So simple and SO good. YUM.

This Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip (aka Labneh) is SO creamy and dreamy in fact it even fooled our cat, Mavi.

sleeping cat

Guys, I wasn’t initially going to share this recipe with today but I know it would have been what Mavi wanted. 

Our loving, cuddly, independent, curious and squirrel-seeking, 6-year old kitty Mavi was taken from us too soon this week.

black cat

Last Spring, after 5 years of being a happy indoor kitty, Mavi decided he wanted to explore, go on adventures and become an outdoor cat. We tried desperately to keep him inside because we were worried about him exploring the big city by himself – but Mavi wanted otherwise. After weeks of Mavi meow-ing, wreaking kitty havoc in the house and trying to go outside we opened the door for him to explore. It’s what he wanted.

He’d happily go in an out, marking his territory around the city, chasing squirrels and exploring the ravines around our house. Mavi was the happiest he’d ever been in these past few months of his short life.

black cat with bells

Our hearts broke on Friday morning when he did not come home after his Thursday evening outing. We called for him, distributed flyers and started thinking the worst when he still did not jingle in through the backdoor like he always does. We received the heartbreaking news yesterday evening that a neighbour had found our beloved kitty at peace.

Ceara with cute mavi

Mavi was the best cat ever. Everybody loved him – even the biggest cat haters could not resist Mavi’s sweet soul and handsome charm.

Ceara loves mavi

He loved to cuddle and give hugs with his two paws around your neck while he softly purred in delight from the affection and caresses.

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mavi posing for a picture

Mavi was so so loved by our puppy Maggie as well. Mavi and Maggie broke every cat and dog rule in the book. Mavi would sit there in bliss while Maggie carefully cleaned Mavi’s ears until they were squeaky clean.  We’d often catch them playing around the house with one another – barking and meowing back and forth as cats and dogs do. The two were a pair and loved each other deeply.

mavi and maggie

Mavi also loved to come sit on my lap while I was working away. Mavi was a social cat. If there was any ‘action’ going on in the house he’d be there. 

mavi is angry

This is one of the last photos J captured of Mavi when I was making this Creamy Garlic Vegan Yogurt Dip a couple weekends ago. Mavi loved the dip and was hopping on and off the table, over our camera equipment and food set up – trying to get in on the action like he always loved to.


The house feels so empty without our little angel Mavi, purring and jingling around the house with his little bell around his collar. We love you so much Mav Mav and will always be so grateful we were blessed enough to have you as part of our family. <3

mavi on the floor

Before you add your spices into this Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip, maybe give one of your kitties a taste – no human… or kitty can resist. 

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Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip (Labneh)

  • Author: Ceara
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups labneh 1x


This Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip is thick, tangy, savory and perfect for chip and veggie dipping. It makes a delicious appetizer, side or thick dip sauce. Make sure to use homemade vegan yogurt *that is unsweetened* for this Creamy Garlic Yogurt Dip.


  • 2 1/2 cups Vegan Yogurt – *unsweetened*
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/41/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)


  • sprinkle of dried mint


  1. Place a colander in a large pot. Position the colander so the bottom is not touching the bottom of the pot (this is so the liquid of the yogurt can drain out). Place two layers of cheese cloth in the colander.
  2. Scoop yogurt in the cheese cloth. Tie the cheese cloth at the top to form a little yogurt “parcel”. Leave the yogurt to drain from 12 – 24 hours until a lot of the liquid from the yogurt has strained. The longer you leave the yogurt, the thicker the dip will be. After the yogurt has strained, give it a little squeeze to get the excess liquid out.
  3. Scoop the yogurt into a little bowl. Add sea salt, garlic salt and garlic powder (and optional lemon juice). Taste and adjust salt or garlic to taste. Garnish with dried mint
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Category: Appetizer

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful kitty…. I just need to point out though.. garlic is extremely toxic to cats and dogs. It is a part of the allium (onion) family and if ingested it can cause severe health issues and it should never be given to any animals in any quantity.

  2. Ceara, I can feel your love for him through your words and pics and I have not been able to stop thinking about you. I’m so truly sorry for your loss. He was such a stunningly, beautiful cat too! He was so blessed to have you in his life as his mommy! Sending you hugs and thoughts and prayers that you and J can find comfort.
    I lost 2 very important cats in my life years back and my heart STILL aches for them, so I completely understand your pain.
    Your yogurt is a beautiful and so simple recipe, love the addition of the garlic! I bet it’s fantastic! xo

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your cat 🙁 it’s such a heartbreaking thing to lose a pet. You have great photos to remember him by.

    As for the dip- I’m pretty sure this is what dreams are made of! Too dramatic? 😉 I love love love garlic and this yogurt dip looks so perfect to pair with warmed pita bread. Can’t wait to try it! I know my fiancé will go crazy over it too 🙂

  4. And you have no idea how heartbroken I am about Mavi. Animals are everything, and hearing about your loss has me a little teary too :'( I’m so sorry dear.

    But about this dip. This was certainly not where my mind was going with your homemade yogurt, but I am loving it! I’ve never had labneh, but I really like tangy yogurt and herbs dip. Just give me a bowl of baby carrots and I’ll be a happy snacker 🙂

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