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5 from 9 votes


Author: Wanda baker


  • 4 cups 2 % plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pistachios peeled and rough chopped
  • 1 tsp za'atar
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top
  • cheese cloth
  • strainer
  • string or twine


  • Prepare a piece of cheese cloth.
  • Scoop yogurt out of container into a bowl and add salt stirring well to combine.
  • Put mixture into cheese cloth. Bring sides up and tie.
  • Put yogurt in a strainer over a bowl ensuring bottom does not touch the liquid (whey) coming otu of the yogurt.
  • Let sit on counter for at least 24 hours. You can cover lightly with plastic wrap.
  • Remove from cheesecloth and put into serving dish smoothing out leaving a few craters for the olive oil to collect in.
  • Pour on olive oil and sprinkle with pistachios and za'atar.
  • Serve with crackers or pita bread.