Marinated Yogurt Cheese


By draining the liquid whey out of yogurt, you can make a "cheese" with the texture of soft cream cheese. Here it's turned into a savory spread with dried herbs. Avoid using regular yogurt containing additives like modified food starch, vegetable gums or gelatin; these thickeners inhibit the release of the whey. Serve this with crusty French bread or crackers.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 days 11 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 days 12 hrs
4 5-oz. cheeses


  • 32 ounces low-fat plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Line a colander or mesh strainer with two layers of cheesecloth and place in the sink. Pour in yogurt. After 15 minutes, transfer the colander to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Gathering the edges of the cheesecloth together, squeeze out any remaining liquid.

  3. Divide the yogurt cheese into 4 rounds, shaping patties with your hands. Place in a wide, shallow bowl. Combine oil, garlic, parsley, dill, basil, rosemary and thyme in a small bowl and pour over the cheese. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes; then cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate yogurt cheese (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 week.

Equipment: Cheesecloth

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

41 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Serving Size 1 ounce
Calories 41
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 2g 5%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Vitamin A 54IU 1%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 78mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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