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11 Ways to Jazz Up Your Meals with Greek Yogurt

Chicken tacos by Baking Mischief, tzatziki sauce by Love and Lemons, and blueberry bread by Tastes Better from Scratch.
Baking Mischief/Love and Lemons/Tastes Better from Scratch

Not only does Greek yogurt make a fantastic replacement for various condiments, like sour cream and mayonnaise, but it also works flawlessly in other recipes, too.

This humble ingredient can add oomph to so many meals, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Below, you’ll find some tips for cooking (and baking) with Greek yogurt, along with 11 of our favorite recipes.

The Difference between Greek and Regular Yogurt

Yogurt (both regular and Greek) are fermented dairy products made from the same ingredients, like milk and certain bacteria or starter cultures. The main difference between the two yogurts is how each is made.

Making regular yogurt requires you to heat milk, add bacteria, and let it ferment until it reaches a certain pH. Then you can add other ingredients to sweeten it or spruce it up.

Greek yogurt is heated, and bacteria is added (just like regular yogurt) and strained multiple times to remove the whey and other liquids. This leaves you with a tangier and much thicker yogurt in the end.

Generally, Greek yogurt is more expensive because it takes much more milk to make than the same amount of regular yogurt. However, it’s also packed with way more protein and healthy vitamins than regular yogurt.

How to Incorporate Greek Yogurt Into Your Cooking

Greek yogurt has been popular for years due to its ability to work in multiple meals while packing more nutrients than regular yogurt. Below are some things you can replace with Greek yogurt:

  • Sour cream: This is one of the most popular ways to use this ingredient. The texture and flavor are so similar, many say they don’t notice any difference at all, so opt for yogurt if you’re looking for a health-conscience replacement. Add a dollop to a taco, spoon it over a bowl of soup or chili, or anything you would normally use sour cream for.
  • Mayo (sometimes): The tangy or sour flavor works well in tuna, chicken, or egg salads. However, for favored foods like BLTs or cold lobster rolls, we recommend you stick with mayo.
  • Heavy cream or buttermilk: Keep in mind that yogurt is much thicker, so you’ll want to thin it out a bit with milk or water before measuring and adding it to your recipe.

Replacing foods with this versatile ingredient is only one way to make the most of that large tub in your fridge. Let’s look at 11 delicious recipes that call for Greek yogurt.

Go Classic with Tzatziki

Two images: The left image is of a freshly made bowl of homemade tzatziki sauce surrounded by various ingredients like lemon wedges, olive oil, pita bread and milk leaves. The right image is of a bowl of ingredients to make tzatziki sauce, ready to be mixed.
Love and Lemons

We love making homemade Tzatziki for its fresh and tangy flair! The best part about tzatziki is that it’s fit for so much more than just plain old pita bread. Grill some kabobs and fresh veggies, then accompany it with this lemony dill-infused masterpiece.

Or, you can serve it as a dip with fresh raw veggies at your next get-together. It’s delicious in sandwiches, too!

Get the Recipe: Love and Lemons

Make a Dressing: Greek Yogurt Ranch

Two images of Greek yogurt ranch dip topped with chopped chives, alongside of some carrots and celery sticks.
Well Plated by Erin

Remember when I said Greek yogurt makes a fantastic sour cream or mayonnaise substitute? Well, here’s a prime example. It’s so good that the author of this recipe even wrote a song about it, and her masterful lyrics are spot-on: “it’s totally guilt-free, so dip it away.”

Using all the ranch-inspired flavorings like garlic powder, dried dill, and salt, you’ll learn to whip up a healthy version worth every bite. Dip your veggies and pizza, or throw a dollop over a salad.

Get the Recipe: Well Plated by Erin

Bake a Springtime Quick Bread: Lemon Blueberry Bread

Two images of freshly baked and sliced blueberry yogurt bread.
Tastes Better from Scratch

We love quick bread for so many reasons! There’s no kneading or yeast required, and you can still end up with a sweet or savory loaf. Plus, Greek yogurt tastes amazing in a seasonal quick bread like this Lemon Blueberry Bread.

The tangy lemon zest combined with sweet bursts of blueberries creates a delicious little snack or breakfast treat. Please don’t skimp on the lemon glaze drizzle; it’s the perfect finish to a lovely loaf.

Get the Recipe: Tastes Better from Scratch

Sub It for Sour Cream: Chicken Tacos with a Chipotle Crema Drizzle

Two side by side images of chicken tacos topped with pico de gallo, lettuce and chipotle crema sauce made with Greek yogurt.
Baking Mischief

Here’s another fantastic sour cream sub idea. Using adobo sauce leftover from canned chipotles, Greek yogurt, a few other spices, and lime juice, you’ll have a crema sauce with a bite.

The sauce accompanies tacos just right, but you can also drizzle it on a taco salad or dip a few quesadillas in it, too! The possibilities are endless.

Get the Recipe: Baking Mischief

Replace the Mayo: Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

Two images of Greek Yogurt tuna salad, enveloped in a whole grain wrap, stacked high and ready to eat.
Girl Heart Food

Tuna, yogurt, crunchy veggies, avocado, and lemon juice, work flawlessly in creating a fresh and flavorful tuna salad.

Serve it with crackers, make a sandwich or plop a large spoonful over a tasty salad. Either way, you’ll have a wholesome meal to enjoy.

Get the Recipe: Girl Heart Food

Healthier Alfredo Sauce for the Win

A jar of homemade Greek yogurt alfredo sauce, and a plate of fettuccine topped with alfredo sauce and cracked black pepper.
Creme de la Crumb

If you love all the delicious components of rich alfredo but can’t manage to nix the guilt afterward, we have a healthy solution. Using protein-packed Greek yogurt, garlic powder, parmesan, and butter, you’ll learn to whip up a quick and creamy alfredo sauce worth indulging in.

Make a Bianca pizza topped with fresh veggies, toss it over some pasta, or dip your favorite crusty warm bread in it. There is so much you can do with this rich and creamy sauce.

Get the Recipe: Creme de la Crumb

Make a Marinade: Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs

Two images: The left image is of a few raw chicken kebabs marinated with greek yogurt marinade, and the right image is of the same chicken kebabs after being oven roasted, sitting on a bed of raisin rice pilaf.
Once Upon a Chef

Grilling chicken with a Greek yogurt marinade is one of our absolute favorite ways to cook with Greek yogurt. The tanginess combined with lemon garlic and various spices works flawlessly to create a savory grilled dinner.

Pair it with grilled veggies and a bed of saffron rice, or your pilaf of choice.

Get the Recipe: Once Upon a Chef

Greek Yogurt Cake Frosting

A cupcake topped with yogurt frosting sitting on a plate.
Healthy Recipes

Greek yogurt has similar characteristics to heavy cream, which makes it a perfect frosting option. You just combine yogurt with vanilla extract, coconut flour, and powdered sugar in this recipe.

It’s particularly perfect for cakes topped with fresh berries!

Get the Recipe: Healthy Recipes

Delicious Greek Yogurt Brownies

Two Greek yogurt brownies stacked on top of one another.
The Big Man’s World

Who knew you could make fudge brownies that both taste amazing and aren’t so bad for you? Using flour, sweetener, cocoa powder, and Greek yogurt, you’ll learn to make a batch of gooey brownies that boast 100 calories in each square.

Now that’s a brownie worth biting! The recipe calls for vanilla or plain yogurt, but the author prefers using Greek yogurt.

Get the Recipe: The Big Man’s World

Fall In Love with Apple Streusel Cake

A loaf of apple streusel cake topped with crème glaze, with a glass of milk in the background.
Tori Avey

Similar to our favorite spring and summer quick bread, you’ll have an opportunity to use Greek yogurt through fall with this apple streusel cake, too. While granny smith apples play a huge role in this recipe, we mustn’t forget about our star ingredient: Greek yogurt. Its natural ability to provide a moist loaf is incomparable to other ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Tori Avey

A Yummy Summer Treat: Homemade Frozen Yogurt

A dessert bowl with two scoops of vanilla Greek frozen yogurt.
Healthy Recipes

Enjoy those breezy summer evenings with a bowl of homemade frozen yogurt—no ice cream maker required!

Just mix your few ingredients, freeze, stir, then freeze a little while longer. Within a few hours, you’ll have a delicious (and healthy) dessert.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Recipes


As you can see, Greek yogurt has made its way into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. Which one do you plan to try? Your body (and taste buds) will thank you!

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