For all its benefits, Greek yogurt doesn’t get enough attention. Not only is it thicker than regular yogurt, but it also comes absolutely loaded with around 20 grams of protein per serving. It’s so dense — both in nutrients and texture — because producers strain the whey from the product, leaving behind tangy, creamy goodness. Experts, like registered nutritionist Nicola Shubrook, also highlight other health benefits, like the fact that it promotes gut and immune health.
Because we’re such fans of Greek yogurt, we’ve vetted dozens of sources to find Greek yogurt recipes that scored at least four out of five stars online. And savory food fans need not worry. Thanks to strained yogurt’s versatility, our list of easy recipes goes far beyond sweet breakfast treats, baked goods, and desserts with plenty of main dishes, side dishes, and dips.
1. Chicken Tikka Masala
First popularized by South Asian cooks in Scotland (though some dispute this origin story), chicken tikka masala has quickly become a favorite around the world. Including Greek yogurt ensures that this spiced curry is rich, creamy, and balanced. Tastes Better From Scratch also includes an Instant Pot variation for time-poor home cooks.
Recipe: Tastes Better From Scratch
2. Greek Cucumber Salad
This flavor-packed salad is simple, starting with English cucumbers and red onion. However, the dressing — a tzatziki-inspired mixture of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and dill — is what makes this a five-star dish. “This will be one of my regular salads that everyone can enjoy,” a satisfied commenter writes.
Recipe: Little Broken
3. Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
Everyone has their own favorite mashed potato recipe — chunky, whipped, creamy, spiced … the list goes on. But have you ever heard of Greek yogurt mashed potatoes? They’re divine, commenters say, as the Greek yogurt adds a little extra creaminess and much-needed tang, rounding out this holiday favorite.
Recipe: Nutrition to Fit
4. Protein Bagels
Starting your morning with a high-protein breakfast is the way to go, according to experts. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat egg whites. These fortified bagels come with 11 grams of protein each. Add smoked salmon, cream cheese, or peanut butter for a filling morning meal.
Recipe: Cooking With Ayeh
5. Easy Overnight Oats With Yogurt
Another healthy breakfast option: overnight oats. This recipe calls for vanilla Greek yogurt, old-fashioned oats, and a few other delectable toppings, which you’ll simply need to leave in the fridge for six hours or longer. Top with fresh fruit to make this even tastier.
Recipe: Joy Food Sunshine
6. Caesar Salad With Greek Yogurt Dressing
With over 1,000 reviews and a five-star rating, this recipe is one of the highest-rated Caesar recipes on the web. So, when author Jamie Oliver says to use low- or non-fat Greek yogurt for a lighter dressing, we listen. One reviewer calls it their new “go-to” salad, describing the dressing as “bright, garlicky, and well-balanced.”
Recipe: Food and Wine
8. 15-Minute Greek Yogurt Pasta With Garlic
We admit that this dish sounds a bit strange, if not far-fetched. Greek yogurt pasta? In 15 minutes? But yogurt ends up being the perfect creamy base when paired with butter, and thanks to some minced garlic and lemon zest, it has plenty of flavor.
Recipe: What A Girl Eats
9. Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs
What makes this chicken dish stand out from run-of-the-mill roasts is its combination of flavors. The tang of the Greek yogurt married with lemon, thyme, and parsley make for a bright, moist chicken thigh that fans say is the perfect weeknight dinner.
Recipe: The Life Jolie
10. Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Need an impressive vegetarian main? Consider this whole roasted cauliflower recipe. After you’re done seasoning and roasting this thing, it looks beautiful, especially when placed on a bed of feta and yogurt sauce and topped with vibrant pomegranate seeds.
Recipe: The Mediterranean Dish
11. Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Swap sour cream with Greek yogurt for a healthier take on ranch dip. This particular recipe is lighter without losing ranch’s classic thick, creamy consistency.
Recipe: Well Plated by Erin
12. Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt recipes abound on the net. But they don’t all have hundreds of positive reviews like this one. The only downside to this frozen yogurt — besides how addicting it is — is that it takes nearly three hours of your time.
Recipe: Healthy Recipes
13. Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream
This unique recipe offers a luscious blend of Greek yogurt and cream, creating a smooth, indulgent topping that's perfect for a variety of desserts. Ideal for those seeking a healthier option, this whipped cream is rich in protein and lower in sugar, making it a guilt-free treat.
Recipe: Salt & Baker
14. Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Prepared with a blend of oat flour and all-purpose flour, these pancakes are not only moist and fluffy but also boast a rich, creamy texture thanks to the addition of vanilla Greek yogurt. They are easy to whip up in one bowl and can be made gluten-free, too. Use honey in lieu of maple syrup for an even healthier breakfast.
Recipe: Joy Food Sunshine
15. Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese
Perfect as a lightened-up side dish or a satisfying meatless main, this mac and cheese recipe is packed with protein and simple to make. If you’ve got picky kids, keep the inclusion of Greek yogurt on the down low.
Recipe: Build Your Bite
16. Easy Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Bowl
This simple yet satisfying recipe combines creamy Greek yogurt with peanut butter, creating a delightful blend of protein and heart-healthy fats. It's a great choice for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a unique dip. Customize it with your favorite toppings like banana slices, berries, or granola to enhance its flavor and nutritional value.
Recipe: Walder Wellness
17. Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake
Rich and creamy, this coffee cake is astonishingly made without cream cheese. Instead, the recipe harnesses the luxurious texture of Greek yogurt to create a cake that's both nutritious and satisfying.
Recipe:Belle of the Kitchen
18. Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
The key to a moist, rich, delectable banana bread? Greek yogurt. This recipe incorporates a touch of yogurt — plus lots of chocolate and walnuts — making for an unbeatable loaf of banana bread. One commenter’s family “raves” about how good this recipe is and requests it all the time.
Recipe: Just a Taste
19. Protein Smoothie
If you want a no-nonsense protein delivery system, then a smoothie is the way to go. Throw in protein powder and high-protein Greek yogurt, and you’re looking at 25 grams per serving.
Recipe: Well Plated by Erin
20. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
While we wouldn’t call this recipe healthy — it’s cheesecake, after all — it is healthier than a lot of other cheesecake recipes. The yogurt comes in as a substitute for sour cream, though there is still a half-cup of cream cheese in the mix.
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie