19 Smart Ways to Use Plain Greek Yogurt

Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon over a bed of lettuce on a white plate
Photo: lutzflcat

Keep a container of Greek yogurt in the fridge, and you'll find yourself reaching for it not only at breakfast but for lunch, dinner, and dessert, as well. Our recipes using Greek yogurt range from substitutes (like replacing mayonnaise in potato salad and deviled eggs) to unexpected recipes, including biscuits, enchiladas, and casseroles.

01 of 19

Lower-Calorie Creamy Chicken Casserole

creamy chicken casserole in a dish

This casserole has all the elements you crave — a creamy inside, cheese, and buttery round crackers on top — with Greek yogurt and reduced fat cream of chicken soup to lighten it up.

02 of 19

Two-Ingredient Pizza Dough

pizza with mozzarella and basil
Lisa Wilson

This tasty dough calls for only two ingredients: self-rising flour and Greek yogurt. What's more, it takes just 15 minutes to make. Hello, homemade pizza.

03 of 19

Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)

Piece of Portokalopita with a sugar syrup on a white plate

A sweet mixture of orange juice, egg, and yogurt seeps into this Greek dessert. "A must-try for anyone who is afraid of phyllo," Allrecipes editor Diana Moutsopoulos says. "Why? Because here the phyllo is shredded to bits — the messier the better! The gorgeous orange and cinnamon syrup ensures this cake stays beautifully moist."

04 of 19

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt in a white bowl on top of a saucer
Chef John

Lemon-mint Greek yogurt brightens this tomatoey lentil soup for a hearty but not heavy dinner.

05 of 19

Everything Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs with everything bagel seasoning

Everything bagel seasoning and Worcestershire sauce bring deviled eggs an extra savory flavor, while Greek yogurt, white vinegar, and yellow mustard add tang.

06 of 19

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

batch of biscuits

"No milk, no eggs, no problem," recipe submitter Heather Snell says. "These biscuits utilize Greek yogurt for creaminess, and carbonated water or seltzer water for an added light flakiness! The result is a biscuit that melts in your mouth."

07 of 19

Banana Pudding and Yogurt Parfaits

yogurt parfaits with bananas and granola

Greek yogurt, heavy whipping cream, and instant vanilla pudding mix combine in this silky dessert, which, recipe creator RusticJoyfylFood says, "can jump into breakfast time if you like!"

08 of 19

Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon

Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon over a bed of lettuce on a white plate

This chicken salad still calls for mayonnaise, but it's met with an equal serving of Greek yogurt, which pairs well with diced apple and green grapes.

09 of 19

Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas

chicken enchiladas in creamy white sauce

Greek yogurt joins butter, flour, and cheese to create the thick sauce that tops these top-rated chicken enchiladas.

10 of 19

Greek Yogurt Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes

stack of blueberry pancakes with butter and syrup

Eating more protein in the morning can be as simple as adding Greek yogurt to your pancake batter, which also gets a boost from lemon and blueberries.

11 of 19

Feta Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes with feta cheese crumbles on a white plate

Greek yogurt and feta transform mashed potatoes into a tangier version of this rich side.

12 of 19

Creamy Kale Salad

Creamy Kale Salad topped with almond slivers

A creamy, lemony dressing balances the bitterness of kale. And with crunchy sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and red onions, this recipe can sub in for broccoli salad any time.

13 of 19

Zucchini Noodle Casserole

zucchini noodle casserole with cheesy tomato topping

Trade lasagna for our Zucchini Noodle Casserole, a lighter dish that packs in plenty of marinara sauce (bulked up with Greek yogurt) and a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella.

14 of 19

Quick Creamed Curried Corn

curried cream corn in a white bowl
Tammy Lynn

"You're going to be so shocked that without butter, without heavy cream, you're going to have a delicious corn side dish that's every bit as rich and decadent, and it's going to be significantly lower in calories," Chef John says of his extra flavorful take on cream corn.

15 of 19

Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Muffins

poppyseed buttermilk muffins

Reviewers recommend adding lemon zest to these Greek yogurt and buttermilk muffins, but you can make these muffins your own in other ways, too. "My favorite and the most versatile recipe. Use it all the time," home cook Colleen Williams says.

16 of 19

Skinny Potato Salad

potato salad in a glass bowl
Chef Mo

Brown mustard, cooking sherry, pickle juice, Greek yogurt, and a little mayonnaise dress potato salad with all the fixings.

17 of 19

Chef John's Strawberry Semifreddo

strawberry and yogurt dessert with strawberry topping
Chef John

Semifreddo refers to semi-frozen desserts, and this lightened-up version uses Greek yogurt to achieve a smooth consistency with less fat and sugar. Recipe creator Chef John describes it as "somewhere between strawberry ice cream and a strawberry ice pop."

18 of 19

Turkish Chicken Kebabs

Turkish Chicken Kabobs with cucumber and tomatoes
Turkish Chicken Kabobs | Photo by Chef John. Chef John

A yogurt-based marinade tenderizes chicken thighs before you grill them, resulting in five-star flavor.

19 of 19

Yogurt Bark

two bowls of Yogurt Bark with toppings

"Spread your favorite yogurt on a tray, top with your favorite fruits, dark chocolate bits, nuts, seeds, and more, then freeze. That's it! Children love this as a sweet snack, but it's great for the whole family." — mumofsix

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