These fresh Mediteranean flavours have great contrast and fun colours, making it popular with adults and kids alike! Watermelon Avati’ach אֲבַטִיחַ is a staple at any Israeli picnic, and the addition of super easy homemade labneh (or you could buy it pre-made as well) adds an extra challenge!
Full Fat Yoghurt Yogurt יוֹגוּרט
Salt Melach מֶלַח
Watermelon Avati’ach אֲבַטִיחַ
Mint Nana נַענַע
1. Mix a small amount of salt (to taste) into full fat yoghurt. Pour the yoghurt into a cheesecloth, or cotton or linen cloth, and hang from your sink tap to drain – best to keep a bowl underneath just in case.
2. After a few hours, your yoghurt should have solidified into labneh – a tangy cheese spread popular in Israel.
3. Chop the watermelon into 1-inch chunks. Layer over the labneh, and garnish with mint leaves.
Serving Tip – Labneh also goes great drizzled with olive oil, with zaatar sprinkled over it. Zaatar is a popular middle-eastern spice made of oregano, thyme, marjoram and sesame seeds. Serve it with fresh pita and Israeli salad.