Here are all the best Greek yogurt recipes: from dips to desserts to mac and cheese! There’s nothing a creamy dollop doesn’t make better.
When it comes to Greek yogurt…the sky’s the limit! This thick, creamy yogurt has exploded in popularity: and for good reason. Not only is it creamy and delicious, it really does have a lot of health benefits. Here at A Couple Cooks, we always stock Greek yogurt in the fridge. It’s always on hand to whip up a delicious recipe or as a healthy substitute for oil, butter or mayo.
Here’s a collection of genius Greek yogurt recipes to show just how versatile it is! From creamy dips to chocolate pudding, zucchini bread, and mac and cheese, there’s really something for everyone in this list. Let’s get started!
At the top of our Greek yogurt recipes is this creamy ranch dip! It's a family favorite that we've made more times than we can remember. It's all natural with whole food ingredients: no seasoning packets here! Just a few simple spices and you've got a perfectly creamy dip for veggies and chips. Made with Greek yogurt, it's a healthy spin on the traditional sour cream.
Did you know you can use Greek yogurt in pancakes? Yes, this Greek yogurt pancakes recipe has become our new favorite! Why add it to the batter? Well, adding yogurt makes them tender, moist and fluffy, with a subtle tang. Really, they’re the best pancakes you can make. And if you’re like us, you might already have all of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge!
Here's the healthy version of a mac and cheese recipe...starting Greek yogurt! The yogurt gives it an ultra creamy texture. It's also got spinach for all the added nutrients, and turmeric gives a tiny immunity boost and some extra color. The flavor? Spot on delicious. The combination of cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and fresh garlic makes it irresistibly delicious.
Want a protein-packed drink that’s full of fruity, creamy flavor? Try this Greek yogurt smoothie! This tasty drink has just the right sweet flavor and creamy texture. Greek yogurt is the key, packing this smoothie with a whopping 20% of your daily protein needs. It makes this drink a great way to start the day, or perfect for breakfasts or snacks.
This Greek yogurt peanut butter dip recipe is just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting. Really! How is this so good, yet so simple? You've gotta try it. It’s works for any occasion: a quick snack for kids, a family party, or a big snacks table. Or if you’re me, use it for a sweets craving after a meal! This our a go-to healthy fruit dip.
This spinach artichoke dip recipe takes this classic to a new level...with Greek yogurt! This tangy, creamy dip is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). Make it for guests and within minutes, everyone will be parked around the bowl exclaiming how good it is. This perfect party snack has a creamy sauce with Greek yogurt and baked with Parmesan cheese, it moves into addictive territory.
Greek yogurt is perfect for baking! Case in point: this Greek yogurt applesauce cake recipe. It’s moist, scented with cinnamon, and perfectly fluffy. It’s got a healthy spin with olive oil and Greek yogurt, and instead of calorie-rich icing there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar. And the best part? It’s so easy: simply mix all the ingredients together in the baking pan. No mixing bowls required!
Here's a favorite Greek yogurt recipe that we make often: Greek yogurt chocolate pudding! It tastes just like dark chocolate pudding, but it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you weirdly get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. And you mix it up in 5 minutes!
This simple Greek yogurt fruit dip recipe is so quick to make! Naturally sweet and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it comes together in less than 5 minutes and is a healthy snack. It’s got no refined sugar like many of the store-bought fruit dips.
Greek yogurt is perfect for sauces: like this yogurt cilantro dressing! You’re going to want to bathe in this one (really). It’s creamy, savory, fresh, and tangy all at once. You can drizzle it on salads like our Mexican side salad, or on tacos or enchiladas. Or a burrito bowl! Or even use it as a dip for fries. It’s multi-purpose and it takes only 5 minutes to blend up.
Greek yogurt in a cheesecake recipe? Yes, and it's extremely delicious! Super tall cheesecakes can call for up to 4 packages of cream cheese (whoa!) and loads of sugar. So for this one, Greek yogurt helps add creaminess instead of the traditional cream or condensed milk. It's also crustless to keep it lighter, but you can add a graham cracker crust too!
Greek yogurt in whipped cream? Yes! Use half Greek yogurt and half whipping cream to make a slightly tangy, lightly sweet yogurt whipped cream. It pairs perfectly with berries or works as a topping for pies and crisps! We like it even more than whipped cream since the flavor is more complex; it’s almost like frozen yogurt (but better).
Need a creamy sauce for drizzling or dipping? Enter this Easy Dill Sauce! This one is all purpose and can be used for everything from salmon to grilled veggies to falafel sandwiches. The best part: it takes only 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients. The Mediterranean flavors of Greek yogurt, fresh dill and lemon combine into a beautiful sauce that’s simple and totally versatile.
Greek yogurt is perfect for creamy salad dressing recipes! There’s just something about that creamy, savory, garlicky, tangy flavor that’s classic and just spot on. This Caesar dressing is truly easy to make at home. It’s one of our very favorite homemade salad dressing recipes, featuring a combination of yogurt and mayo for peak creaminess.
Here's a delicious treat that works for kids and adults alike: frozen yogurt dots! They're very simple to make, with just 4 ingredients and loads of flavor! When we make a batch, we sneak them from the freezer. Often.
The secret to our best egg salad recipe? Greek yogurt! This is a sandwich you can sink your teeth into, that tastes like an elevated version of what you’re used to. It’s fresh and healthy, not the mayo-laden kind you can find at the store. It’s stuffed with yogurt and fresh herbs, to give you a beautiful pop of flavor.
Another mayo-based salad to lighten up with Greek yogurt? Tuna salad! Classic tuna salad forms the filling of this tuna melt, and it really is the world's best (promise). Between crusty bread is sandwiched a creamy, gooey mess so perfectly seasoned that you won’t be able to stop taking bites.
Love dill pickles? Love dip? Good. Because we’ve got the perfect Greek yogurt dip recipe for you: dill pickle dip! Creamy and tangy, the flavor is like biting into a dill pickle spear. It’s absolutely perfect with potato chips or cucumber slices.
A unique Greek yogurt recipe? Add it to tomato sauce to make a creamy marinara! This homemade creamy marinara sauce is fabulous: a bit like a vodka sauce without the vodka and cream. It coats pasta perfectly with just the right amount of creaminess!
Another Greek yogurt recipe to show its power in baking: yogurt zucchini bread! This easy zucchini bread is lightly sweetened with crunchy turbinado sugar and moistened with Greek yogurt. It’s sweet enough to satisfy a craving, but not overly so. It’s one of our favorite baked goods: and we not-so-secretly hope it will be yours too.
Is Greek yogurt healthy?
This is one place where experts can agree. Greek yogurt is a healthy food that’s full of nutritional benefits! So these Greek yogurt recipes really do pack a punch. Here are some highlights of the nutrition info for Greek yogurt (source):
Greek yogurt is packed with protein. It’s got 12 to 17 grams protein per serving, depending on the brand. That’s about 30% of your daily need!
Greek yogurt has live probiotics that help digestion. Probiotics are a healthy bacteria that can also boost your immune system.
Greek yogurt has lots of calcium. One serving has 18% of your daily need.
Greek yogurt has Vitamin B-12. B-12 is important for brain functions and red blood cells. One serving has about 20% of your daily need, and it’s a great meat-free way to get B-12 (which is only found in animal products).
Mix the shallot together with the remaining ingredients. If your Greek yogurt is very thick, you can stir in a few teaspoons of water until it is the desired consistency. Serve immediately. Store refrigerated.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.