51 Healthy Greek Yogurt Recipes for Any Meal
If you've been to a grocery store's dairy aisle lately, you've probably picked up on the fact that Greek yogurt is becoming pretty darn popular. At Greatist, we think this stardom is well earned: We consider the stuff a superfood thanks to its high protein and probiotic content. But frankly, we’re getting a little sick of the classic Greek yogurt and granola combo that’s been a staple of our breakfasts since who-knows-when. So we’ve rounded up 51 healthy recipes from around the web that use Greek yogurt in surprising, delicious ways — and not just for breakfast (okay, we’ve got some breakfast recipes too — but we guarantee that they’re equally surprising).
1. Greek Yogurt Pancakes
These pancakes aren’t only beautiful; they’re also loaded with protein and antioxidant-rich blueberries — and not much else. To increase the health “oomph” even more, substitute in whole-wheat pastry flour.
2. Eggs Florentine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Olive oil provides some healthy fats, spinach adds iron and calcium, and sun-dried tomato pesto and pepper add a zap of flavor to these creamy, protein rich eggs Florentine.
3. Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
This ain’t no ordinary breakfast yogurt. Curry powder, cilantro, and honey add unique flavor to this yogurt bowl, which is packed not only with granola (choose whole-grain and low-sugar options if you’re so inclined) but also with loads and loads of vitamin-rich fruit.
4. Breakfast Berry Enchiladas
Fill a whole-wheat tortilla with heaping spoonfuls of berries and Greek yogurt, add in flavorful seasonings such as super healthy cinnamon and nutmeg. Superfood almonds top off this concoction with a dash of protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
5. Scandinavian Eggs Benedict with Yogurt Sauce
Research suggests that a protein-rich breakfast is the best breakfast, and this meal delivers: Salmon and poached egg top a whole-wheat English muffin, then get smothered in a lighter version of Hollandaise sauce using Greek yogurt and fresh herbs and spices to pack a flavorful punch.
6. Lightened-Up Blueberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Bread
Two large eggs and Greek yogurt pack a protein punch, while a heaping cup of fresh blueberries infuses this moist, delicious bread with a whole bunch of vitamins and antioxidants.
8. Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Creamy Lemon-Yogurt Sauce
This colorful bowl of pasta uses whole-wheat linguine, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and hearty doses of zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic, which is packed with vitamins C and B6 and manganese.
9. Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes with Greek Yogurt
Take a plain ‘ol baked potato up about six notches with the addition of Greek yogurt (a healthier alternative to sour cream) and 2 cups of broccoli, which contributes Vitamin C, fiber, and folate.
10. Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken
The recipe promises that this chicken will “melt in your mouth,” and we don’t doubt it. Greek yogurt and just half a cup of grated parmesan cheese add protein and a creamy texture, while garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper make the flavor pop.
11. Healthy Mac and Cheese
This lighter take on a childhood classic uses whole wheat macaroni, a whole bunch of onions and garlic, and spicy cayenne pepper, which contains a compound that may help boost metabolism. The recipe calls for much less cheese than the traditional style, but don’t worry — it still tastes plenty creamy thanks to our dear friend Greek yogurt.
12. Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Tangy Cucumbers and Yogurt
This fancy, colorful dish is chock full of good-for-you ingredients, including eggplants, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots, olive oil, Greek yogurt, rosemary, and pine nuts. It’s light, but hearty enough for a filling lunch.
13. Blackened Chicken Breast over Cilantro Lime Quinoa
In the mood for something fancy? Whip up these flavorful, protein rich chicken breasts and lay them over a bed of cilantro and quinoa. Top with a puree of Greek yogurt, avocado, cilantro, and some lemon juice, and you’ve got a meal sure to dazzle dinner guests.
14. Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper
“Yogurt-marinated chicken kebabs” might not sound tasty, but we’re pretty sure this recipe will change your mind. Chicken and Greek yogurt add a whole heap of protein, while olive oil contributes healthy fats, garlic ratchets up the nutrient profile, and spicy seasonings pack a wallop of flavor.
15. Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas
For a healthier take on creamy, delicious quesadillas, swap in whole-wheat tortillas, a whole bunch of veggies, and some good-for-you cumin. Top with salsa and Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), and enjoy.
16. Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas & Cauliflower with Pickled Mustard Seeds
We’re big fans of Sriracha here at Greatist, and this recipe has just given us another reason to embrace the spicy paste. Chickpeas add protein and fiber, superfood cauliflower packs vitamin C and phytochemicals, olive oil adds some healthy fats, and Greek yogurt helps balance out the heat while adding even more protein.
17. Roasted Eggplant Salad with Saffron Yogurt
We couldn’t find something wrong with this recipe if we tried. Eggplants, olive oil, saffron, Greek yogurt, black pepper, basil leaves, and pine nuts are all that’s required, and they’re all good with us!
18. Steak Salad with Chive-Yogurt Dressing
This hearty salad calls on Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and just a tiny bit of mayonnaise to make a light, flavorful dressing that complements the steak’s rustic flavor.
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19. Garlic-Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
This healthier take on a classic dinner table staple uses only two tablespoons of butter and a quarter cup of milk — it gets the rest of its protein and (healthy) fats from Greek yogurt and olive oil. Garlic, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper add flavor.
20. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup
This hearty vegetarian soup is stuffed with Orzo pasta, onions, tomatoes, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, and (you guessed it) Greek yogurt. Perfect alongside a whole-grain grilled cheese sandwich!
21. Spicy Chopped Chicken Salad
This filling salad is chock-full of protein thanks to chicken, Greek yogurt, and fiber-rich chickpeas. It’s also jam-packed with vitamin-rich produce (including cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and onions) and flavor-rich spices such as ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper.
22. Butternut Squash Soup
This creamy, low-sugar, flavorful soup is stuffed to the gills with produce (including celery, squash, leeks, and shallots) and seasonings (including garlic, black pepper, lime juice, and cilantro). A quarter cup of Greek yogurt adds protein and a smooth, delicious texture.
23. Greek Yogurt Egg Salad
Just in time for potlucks: This healthier take on egg salad replaces mayonnaise with protein-rich Greek yogurt and adds in celery and onions for at least a partial serving of veggies.
24. Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
Don’t be fooled: These are no ordinary mashed potatoes. Instead, it’s cauliflower! But when you smother it in Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter and cheese, and some garlic, shallots, and scallions, we bet you won’t miss the original variety.
25. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
This healthier take on chicken salad replaces mayo with Greek yogurt and adds in a whole bunch of produce (including celery, grapes, and apples) for a vitamin kick. A sprinkle of walnuts adds some healthy fats. Eat the salad on its own as a side or roll it up in a whole-wheat tortilla for a filling lunch.
26. Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt
There’s no need to balk at having seconds: These deviled eggs skip the mayo and go straight to the Greek yogurt (we’re sensing a trend here…). Sun-dried tomatoes add a flavorful twist to this springtime classic.
27. Spicy Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt
You’ve been warned: This recipe means spicy. Three tablespoons of jalapenos ratchet up the heat while tuna and Greek yogurt add a heap of protein and chopped onion, salt, and pepper bring on the flavor.
28. Creamy, Lighter Macaroni Salad
Surprise! This healthier take on macaroni salad subs out almost all of the mayo in favor of Greek yogurt. Celery, radishes, and lemon juice add light crunch and flavor to the dish, while hard-cooked eggs add even more protein. For an even healthier option, sub in whole-wheat macaroni.
29. Lemony Roasted Potato Salad
Speaking of remaking classic potluck dishes: This light, citrusy take on potato salad uses Greek yogurt, olive oil, and fresh mint to add so much flavor and creaminess that you won’t miss the mayo.
30. Cucumber, Fennel & Roasted Potato Salad with Parsleyed Yogurt
Check out this recipe for an even fancier take on classic potato salad. Modeled after Mediterranean-style food, this salad draws on loads of produce including green beans, celery, cucumber, red onions, and fennel. Light (but sour) lemon juice is balanced out by Greek yogurt’s smooth texture.
31. Stuffed Grape Leaves
These beauties are remarkably simple (provided you know where to get some ground goat meat). Combine the meat with onions, garlic, sweet corn, and roast pepper sauce, then wrap ‘em up in giant grape leaves for a delicious, hearty side. (Of course, if goat isn’t available, you can use beef, chicken, lamb, or pork instead!).
32. Greek Yogurt Dinner Rolls
These airy, low-sugar rolls are made with whole-wheat flour and just a touch of honey or agave. Greek yogurt adds a unique buttery texture.
33. Greek Yogurt Biscuits
These scrumptious biscuits use just a tiny bit of sugar and no butter at all thanks to Greek yogurt. For an even healthier take, swap out regular all-purpose flour in favor of a whole-wheat variety.
34. Kale, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip with Greek Yogurt
This delicious (and delicious-sounding) artichoke dip is already so full of veggies that we’re tempted to suggest eating it with a spoon. Superfoods kale and spinach combine with carrots, red onion, artichoke hearts, and garlic in a hearty Greek yogurt base.
35. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip
Yup, you read that right: This fruit dip is full of creamy, chocolately richness (but still relatively low on sugar) thanks to unsweetened cocoa powder, a small handful of chocolate chips, vanilla extract, just one tablespoon of maple syrup, and (of course) Greek yogurt.
36. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip
Guacamole, meet Greek yogurt. This creamy, delectable dish is full of protein, healthy fats (thanks to our favorite superfood, avocado), garlic, and loads of flavorful seasonings, including cilantro, lime juice, and cumin.
37. Beet Tzatziki
No yogurt recipe roundup would be complete without mention of tzatziki. This recipe adds a quirky twist with the addition of colorful beets. The rest of the ingredients — garlic, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, parsley, ground pepper, and srirarcha add flavor and a spicy kick.
38. Raspberry Dip
This sweet, simple raspberry dip is incredibly simple to make: Just combine Greek yogurt with raspberries and a touch of sugar, and voila! Time to get dipping.
39. Dilly Snack Dip
This healthier take on veggie dip uses Greek yogurt, heart-healthy walnuts, minced garlic, and some fresh, chopped dill. Serve with sliced fresh veggies or whole-wheat pita triangles.
41. Lemon Tart with Rosemary Crust
This wholesome, delicious tart uses Greek yogurt to cut down on sugar and butter. The simple spelt flour crust is infused with rosemary and just a hint of sugar, while the filling gets light, citrusy tartness from the juice and zest of lemons.
42. Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt
The “recipe” is absurdly easy, and pretty darn healthy (especially for a dessert!): Just open up an individually sized container of plain Greek yogurt, add ¼ teaspoon vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, your favorite nut butter and sweetener (such as maple syrup or honey), and a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. Swirl it all together and nom on down.
43. Baked Pears with Maple Greek Yogurt and Granola
This sweet little dish gets its sweetness from pears, apples (a superfood in our book), and a dash of honey and maple syrup. Add Greek yogurt, half a cup of granola, and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, and you’ve got a “dessert” fit for breakfast.
44. Homemade Frozen Greek Yogurt
Make-your-own frozen yogurt? Yup, it’s easy. Just combine water, sugar, egg whites, Greek yogurt, and some vanilla extract, freeze, and enjoy.
45. Greek Yogurt Brulee
This pretty dessert is simple and way low in sugar: Just combine Greek yogurt, a little honey, and only two tablespoons of sugar, then top them with almonds and fresh fruit. Bonus: You get to use a torch!
46. Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
This creamy, low-sugar take on a bread classic is as tasty as it is pretty to look at. Whole-wheat flour, bananas, and healthy fat-rich walnuts all add to the health factor.
47. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Made with Greek Yogurt
For an even sweeter take on banana bread, try this recipe — featuring chocolate! And it remains pretty healthy thanks to whole-wheat pastry flour, naturally sweet bananas, and Greek yogurt (which cuts down on sugar).
48. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
We dare you to look at the picture for this recipe without salivating. Once you see how delicious it looks, you might be surprised to learn that it’s made with Greek yogurt, tofu (!), lemon juice, vanilla extract, a natural sweetener (such as agave or maple syrup), and arrowroot flour or corn starch — and that’s it! The result is a creamy, protein-rich, delectable treat.
49. Greek Yogurt Frosting
This healthier take on cake and cupcake frosting is incredibly easy: Just whisk together Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and half a cup of powdered sugar for a much less sugary (but still delicious) frosting.
50. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse
Oh man does this look good. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate combines with milk, just a hint of sugar, Greek yogurt and (bonus!) an optional tablespoon of Amaretto or Grand Marnier. The result is creamy, melt-in-your-mouth, chocolatey goodness.
51. Greek Yogurt Pound Cake
This light, creamy pound cake gets its texture from Greek yogurt and its flavor from vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sub in whole -heat flour for an extra healthy kick.
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