My mom has Shanklish on the table at least once a week. We enjoy it as a salad with a variety of meals.

Shanklish is a Middle Eastern cheese with a similar texture to feta.

This homemade version is made with only four ingredients possibly available in your pantry. I recommend you try it at least once.

You can play around with the herbs in this recipe for a different finish.


Shankleesh which is part of the mezza, is a semi-hard cheese with a white crumbly texture which is rolled in thyme or herbs.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Arabic


  • 300 grams Feta Cheese
  • 1/8 cup Shatta
  • 250 grams Labneh
  • Zaatar Thyme for rolling


  • Mix the feta cheese,Labaneh, and Shatta (chilli) and shape into equal sized balls.
  •  Roll in Thyme and keep inyour fridge up to 1 week.

To make a Shanklish Salad

  • Add diced tomatoes and deseeded green peppers. Top with olive oil and serve.