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Labneh Yogurt Cheese with Za’atar

  • Author: Cook by Color Nutrition


For the yogurt cheese:

  • Goat Milk Yogurt – Tangy goat milk yogurt makes an excellent creamy cheese that pairs well with any herbs or spices you add to it. 
  • Kosher Sea Salt – Salt helps to flavor the cheese and helps to draw out excess moisture in the yogurt. 

For the Za’atar: 

You’ll need the following seasonings and spices to make a homemade za’atar blend. These seasonings get toasted in a dry skillet over low heat for one minute until fragrant. 

  • Dried Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Sumac
  • Aleppo Pepper
  • Oregano 
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Mix the yogurt and salt: In a mixing bowl, mix the salt in with the goat yogurt until well combined. 
  2. Secure the yogurt: Pour the yogurt mixture into a nut milk bag, kitchen towel, or triple-layered cheesecloth, then secure with a rubber band.
  3. Strain the cheese: Place the wrapped yogurt on top of a strainer and place the strainer in a deep bowl to collect the excess moisture. Place the yogurt bowl in the fridge to strain for 24-48 hours. There should be 2 cups of liquid at the bottom of the bowl. 
  4. Season the cheese: Once the cheese is fully strained, remove it from the cloth and add it to a bowl. Stir in any spices or seasonings or top with homemade za’atar.