How to eat Shanklish – Levantine Mezze – Shanklish Salad

DSC00533 Don’t know how to prepare shanklish? don’t worry because today I am preparing a shanklish salad that is perfect with grilled meats or as an appetizer or part of your mezze table 🙂


If you have no idea what am talking about here is a short description from Wikipedia:

Shanklish, also known as shinklish, shankleesh, sorke, or sürke, is a type of cow’s milk or sheep milk cheese in Levantine cuisine. It is typically formed into balls of approximately 6 cm diameter, which are often covered in za’atar and Aleppo pepper, and then aged and dried.



  1. 2 balls of shanklish (mine was slightly peppery as it had aleppo pepper added).
  2. 1 Red onionDSC00527
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. Arugula
  5. Toasted walnuts
  6. Olive oil
  7. Lemon and salt

Served with Arak and freshly baked Arabic bread, the aged shanklish balls are a little bit spicy, tangy, and creamy.

  1. what I did is I cut the veggies, seasoned them with lemon, salt and olive oil.
  2. arrange them on a big platter and scatter the Shanklish cheese and top with the toasted walnuts. 

An easy to die for appetizer, salad or lunch 🙂 super healthy, delicious it got some heat, crunch, creaminess, and freshness all at the same time.



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