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14 Ideas for Greek Yogurt with Recipes

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Greek yogurt is big in my house. We keep two tubs of plain in the fridge so we won’t run out.

There’s just so much you can do with it…and it tastes so good! With a drizzle of maple syrup and some nuts it’s a quick and easy breakfast for my young son; my husband makes it his mid-day snack with a dollop of almond butter and chopped fresh fruit, and I love it mixed with honey as a nighttime sweet.

Since Greek varieties are strained to remove the whey (the watery part of the milk that remains after it’s been cultured), it leaves the yogurt thick and decadently creamy, making it useful in all kinds of ways in the kitchen.

Here are 14 ideas for how to use Greek yogurt, along with some recipes to inspire you:

1. Jazz It Up

Delicious all on its own, but tasty add-ins can elevate your yogurt to another level.

Greek Yogurt with Honey Thyme Walnut Crumble

Greek Yogurt with Honey Thyme Walnut Crumble

2. Bake With It

Baked goods come out moist and flavorful with the addition of a bit of yogurt.

Greek Yogurt Cake with Orange and Cloves
Yogurt Honey Health Muffins

 

Apple-Berry Baked Oatmeal

3. Make a Marinade

Yogurt is a natural meat tenderizer. Mix it with spices and use on all manner of meats, from chicken to lamb to fish. 

Indian-Style Spicy Yogurt Marinade
Indian-Spiced Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

 

Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Salmon

4. Drink It

Make a lassi, a favorite refresher from India, or add creaminess and probiotic goodness to your morning smoothie.

Rose Water and Cardamom Yogurt Lassi
Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie

 

Peanut Butter and Date Breakfast Smoothie

5. Replace Mayo

Swap the mayo for Greek yogurt and you’ll still get tangy flavor and a creamy texture.

Creamy Chicken Salad with Yogurt and Apples
Grilled Potato Salad

 

Double-Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Ham

6. Dress Up Fruit and Vegetables

Mix with honey or herbs and your yogurt becomes a zingy, creamy dressing.

Waldor Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing and Fresh Mint
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Basil-Yogurt Drizzle

 

Green Beans with Tangy Shallot-Yogurt Dressing

7. Dip Things in It

Make a lighter dip by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Caramelized Onion Dip
Tuna Bites with Tahini-Yogurt Dipping Sauce

 

Mini Blueberry Waffles with Orange Cream Yogurt Dip

8. Make Your Own Cheese

Further straining yields a thick, creamy yogurt cheese that’s perfect for slathering on toast and bagels.

Creamy Yogurt Cheese with Spring Herbs and Olive Oil

Creamy Yogurt Cheese with Spring Herbs and Olive Oil

9. Top Off Spicy Dishes

Cooling yogurt is a great foil for the heat of curries and other spicy dishes.

Lentil Curry with Cashews and Yogurt
Turkish-Style Chickpea Salad

 

Spicy Jerk Flank Steak

10. Make a Greek Classic

Tzatziki sauce, a common condiment in Greek cuisine, is a perfect way to use Greek yogurt.

Roasted Cod and Carrots with Turmeric Tzatziki
Gyro-Style Lamb with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce over Quinoa

 

Greek Meatball Pitas

11. Enhance a Sauce

Add a bit of body and a touch of tartness to finish a rich sauce.

Classic Braised Chicken with Celery and Potatoes
Paprika Chicken with Smashed Black-Eyed Peas

 

Creamy Braised Turnips and Kohlrabi with Peas

12. Freeze It

A simple frozen dessert of fresh fruit and rich Greek yogurt – no fancy equipment required.

Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Cherry Frozen Yogurt

13. Whip It

Make a sweet topping by combining yogurt with honey.

Lemonade Ice with Whipped Yogurt

Lemonade Ice with Whipped Yogurt

14. Frost a Cake

A simple combo of powdered sugar and plain Greek yogurt really is the icing on the cake!

Cranberry Molasses Cake

Cranberry Molasses Cake

What wonderful ways do you like to use Greek yogurt? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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