Zahtar is an authentic Middle Eastern mix of herbs and spices, including sumac, thyme, oregano and sesame seeds. The flavors will shine in this simple Lebanese yogurt, which is delicious on bread or with pita chips.

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 0 min

Total time: 30 min

Labneh with Zahtar
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 1-1/2 cups


  1. Cut piece of cheesecloth or muslin towel into 1-foot square. Place cloth over strainer and pour yogurt into cloth. Add salt and Zahtar and stir lightly with spoon.

  2. Fold corners of cloth into center and tie together with string. Place heavy plate on bag and put strainer in larger bowl to capture draining liquid. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Mixture can be left for up to 3 days.

  3. Remove mixture from bowl, discarding excess liquid. Unwrap cheesecloth and discard.

  4. Transfer labneh to bowl and stir to break up cheese until smooth. Drizzle with olive oil and Zahtar and serve with pita chips.