Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese in a bowl

Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese

This Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese is a creamy cheese-like spread, beautifully flavored with lemon and fresh chives.  Made by straining yogurt, it is a healthy choice that is a great sandwich spread or dip for your favourite vegetable tray. The purple chive flowers add a pretty garnish when they are blooming in the spring.

Why Yogurt Cheese?

Yogurt cheese is low in fat, a good source of protein, calcium rich, and has many other nutrients as well as gut friendly bacteria. It also gives your immune system a boost, aids digestion and helps lower cholesterol. This simple spread is a healthier choice than cream cheese or many dairy or mayonnaise based dips.

How can I use Yogurt Cheese?

Similar to quark cheese, this simple, light cheese is very versatile.  It can be used in place of:

  • butter or margarine
  • mayonnaise
  • cream cheese or other dairy based spread        

Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese spread on a slice or two of whole grain bread, topped with avocado, cucumber, tomato and sprinkled with salt & pepper makes a great lunch.  It also makes a wonderful dip for your favourite vegetable tray or addition to your cheese tray.

Lemon Chive Yogurt Dip in a bowl with a plate of fresh vegetables
Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese Dip with Fresh Vegetables

What kind of yogurt should I use?

When choosing a yogurt I look for one that has:

  • low fat (I like 1%)
  • no gelatin (it changes the texture)
  • lots of active bacteria ( I prefer the amounts be listed)
  • added Vitamin D

You can also make yogurt cheese with Greek yogurt and it will reduce the straining time. If you use yogurt with no fat, I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to round out the texture. Once the cheese is made you are ready to add flavour and many herbs work well.  I like lemon and chives but dill and parsley work well too. 

Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese in a bowl
Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese

I use yogurt a lot in my cooking and baking and it is a staple in my home. Other recipes to try, are this delicious Yogurt Cake with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb or these gorgeous Ruby Rimmed Stuffed Eggs .

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Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese in a bowl
5 from 2 votes

Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese

This Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese has a luscious cream cheese like texture beautifully flavored with lemon and fresh chives.  Made by straining yogurt, it is a healthy low fat cheese like spread or dip.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Yogurt Cheese, Healthy Sandwich Spread
Prep Time 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author makinghealthychoicesca


  • 1 750gram Yogurt I like 1%
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 lemon
  • pepper
  • salt


  1. Set up a sieve over a medium size bowl and empty container of yogurt into sieve. Cover and put in the fridge for about 24 hours. During this time, the liquid will drain from the yogurt leaving a cheese-like thick yogurt.

  2. Empty drained yogurt into a small bowl.

  3. Finely chop chives and add to yogurt

  4. Zest lemon and add to yogurt and stir.

  5. Add salt and pepper, tasting to adjust the seasonings. Cover and place in refridgerator for flavours to blend for 1 hour.

This recipe was first published on May 10, 2015 and has been updated (rewritten and photographed) on May 10, 2020.

9 thoughts on “Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    OMG this looks and sounds amazing! We always have plain yogurt in the fridge and our chives are bursting with growth right now. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried yogurt cheese, but now I can’t wait to try it. It looks so simple and very versatile. Perfect as a veggie dip!

  3. I love chive blossoms! They make such lovely edible decorations. Your Chive Blossom Yogurt Cheese looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing this wholesome treat with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

  5. Hi Sarah,Yes, greek yogurt would work too! It would probably take less time to firm up to a soft cheese. Just be sure the greek yogurt doesn’t have any gelatin in it.

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