There’s just so much you can do with Greek yogurt …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.
2. Bake With It
Baked goods come out moist and flavorful with the addition of a bit of yogurt.
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.
4. Drink It
Make a lassi, a favorite refresher from India, or add creaminess and probiotic goodness to your morning smoothie.
5. Replace Mayo
Swap the mayo for Greek yogurt and you’ll still get tangy flavor and a creamy texture.
6. Dress Up Fruit and Vegetables
Mix with honey or herbs and your yogurt becomes a zingy, creamy dressing.
7. Dip Things in It
Make a lighter dip by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
8. Make Your Own Cheese
Further straining yields a thick, creamy yogurt cheese that’s perfect for slathering on toast and bagels.
9. Top Off Spicy Dishes
Cooling yogurt is a great foil for the heat of curries and other spicy dishes.
10. Make a Greek Classic
Tzatziki sauce, a common condiment in Greek cuisine, is a perfect way to use Greek yogurt.
11. Enhance a Sauce
Add a bit of body and a touch of tartness to finish a rich sauce.
12. Freeze It
A simple frozen dessert of fresh fruit and rich Greek yogurt – no fancy equipment required.
13. Whip It
Make a sweet topping by combining yogurt with honey.
14. Frost a Cake
A simple combo of powdered sugar and plain Greek yogurt really is the icing on the cake!