Strained low-fat yogurt with fresh basil, lemon, and garlic, perfect as a dip for grilled okra or other veggies. This recipe’s adapted from Southern Living.

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  • Yield: About 1 1/4 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 10 mins, plus 24 hrs dripping time
  • Active: 10 mins

Ingredients (7)

  • 1 (32-ounce) container plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Line a wire-mesh strainer with 3 layers of cheesecloth and place strainer over a bowl.
  2. Spoon the yogurt into strainer. Cover and chill 24 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, transfer the yogurt to a medium bowl; discard the strained liquid.
  4. To the yogurt, add the basil, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine, cover, and chill until ready to serve.