If you thought yogurt was just a vehicle for fruit and granola, this may rock your world: The cool, creamy stuff is actually incredibly versatile and can be used in everything from sweets to salads. So think beyond the breakfast bowl and go way past the parfait: These innovative ideas will project Greek yogurt into a whole new stratosphere of wonderful.
Greek Yogurt Onion Dip (above)
Why should sour cream and mayonnaise have all the fun? Swap both ingredients for Greek yogurt: It’s the perfect consistency for a creamy dip to serve with crudites (or, okay, the occasional potato chip).
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Rich, tangy cheesecake and rich, tangy Greek yogurt have a lot in common. So, it’s only natural to use the yogurt as a main ingredient in this lightened-up cheesecake recipe. (Pssst … there’s an unexpected ingredient in the crust, too.)
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
There’s a new healthy flapjack in town: These are made with Greek yogurt and manage to pack 19 grams of protein into every serving.
Greek Yogurt Herb Dressing
Calling all Ranch fans: Fresh herbs and garlic shine in this unbelievably creamy dressing. Adding to the intrigue? It also works as an undercover healthy dip.
Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing
Between the crunchy croutons and the creamy dressing, Caesar can be one of the most sinful salads out there — so is it any wonder it’s the one we crave the most? Well now you can have your Caesar and eat it too with this creamy, yogurt-based dressing.
Merritt Watts is a writer and eater in San Francisco, where strawberries are almost always in season.