The Most Unexpected Ways to Use Yogurt

From pasta dishes to eggs, these ideas will change the way you think about yogurt.

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Yogurt is the perfect on-the-go breakfast or lunch, but it’s time to look past the parfaits and smoothies and start incorporating yogurt into a variety of recipes. Skip certain ingredients and replace them with yogurt for a healthier and tastier version of your favorite meal. From giving your salad a major flavor boost to unexpectedly creating the creamiest noodle dishes ever, these recipes won’t disappoint.


The Mediterranean flavors of hummus and Greek yogurt go together perfectly, so it comes as no surprise that they make the ultimate dip. Follow the recipe from Comfortably Domestic to whip up a homemade hummus in a few simple steps.

This approachable version is easily doable for even the most hesitant of person in the kitchen, so roll up those sleeves and get to blending. Serve this creamy must-have with sliced veggies and pita to really seal the deal.

Curried Cauliflower Salad

Yogurt can often complete a meal, and this curried cauliflower recipe from Cooking Light is no exception. The strong flavor of the curry is balanced with the help of a refreshing bite of yogurt. Simply spread a layer of yogurt on the plate before adding the curried salad to ensure that every bite with have a cooling element.


For anybody who’s still searching for their favorite guacamole recipe, look no further than this Chobani suggestion. One of the best (and easiest) ways to build a creamy dip is to add in yogurt. Avocados, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and salt are the only things required to put together the most snackable guac in a few minutes flat.  



No summer cookout is complete without coleslaw. The only downside is this side salad is often loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Skip the mayo, and use Greek yogurt instead to make a healthier version that everyone will love. Gimme Some Oven shares the ideal recipe to whip up for your next barbecue.

Egg Breakfast

Place a few scoops of yogurt into a shallow bowl, as seen on My Name is Yeh, and then layer fried eggs and a fresh salad on top. Sliced avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, and fresh herbs work perfectly over eggs and yogurt. This breakfast upgrade will turn any standard meal into a room service quality dish that’ll surely become a favorite.

Cucumber Salad

Whether as a main course or a side dish, cucumbers are a must for the summer months. From spicy to sweet, they can be served up in a variety of fun ways. This suggestion from Alexandra Cooks is equal parts tasty and aesthetically pleasing. Rather than simply cutting up the cucumber, ribbon them to make thin strips that’ll really take to the yogurt-based dressing.

Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

The recipe from Running With Spoons shows the best way to get the perfect muffin with the help of some Greek yogurt. Applesauce and yogurt come together to make the ideal texture that you won’t be able to top. Once you try these you won’t look back to standard store-bought mixes.

Roasted Corn Salad

What makes a roasted corn and garbanzo bean salad even better? A flavorful dressing, of course. This idea from Making Thyme for Health combines yogurt, lemon juice, and basil for the ideal summery salad. Simply blend all of the ingredients together until they’re smooth and ready to top just about any salad at all.

Cold Sesame Noodles

Even the best Asian-inspired meals get a flavorful upgrade with yogurt. This suggestion from Chobani eliminates the need to order in your favorite noodles since they can easily be made right at home. The combination of Greek yogurt, soy sauce, and peanut butter makes the creamiest sauce for these fan favorite noodles. Serving this dish cold makes it one of the best summer dishes to easily serve up after a long day.

Macaroni and Cheese

It’s hard to resist the urge to devour a bowl of macaroni and cheese, but it’s generally loaded with milk and butter. If you’re craving a comforting meal sans all of those ingredients, try this option from Cooking Ala Mel. Obtain the same level of creaminess without the added fats by simply using Greek yogurt as an alternative. Keep the health kick going by even throwing in some wilted spinach to get your greens in, too.

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