It’s tangy, it’s thick, and it’s high in proteins. Greek yogurt is one of those international foods that have suddenly caught on with the masses of America. And for good reason- this stuff has a ton of great qualities. It’s really healthy, it’s different and new to the American market and palette, and when it comes down to it, it tastes pretty good too. But did you know there are so many ways to eat this delicacy from the Mediterranean? Did you know that Greek yogurt doesn’t have to be eaten in a cup with fruit swirled in?
I actually prefer to use Greek yogurt in cooking over eating it plain/with honey or fruit. For all of you sour cream and mayo lovers out there: who doesn’t love a good dollop of sour cream on their nachos or tacos or cole slaw or chicken salad with real mayo?! The truth is, these are not exactly the most healthy of choices out there. There are better alternatives that don’t involve “fat-free”. This white creamy, and slightly tangy yogurt is naturally non-fat, full of proteins and calcium, and also contains a lot of abiotics, which makes it a lot easier to digest than normal yogurt.
Greek yogurt is a perfect substitute for sour cream. It has that dairy/tangy taste to it as well so there is pretty much no reason to not try it! Add a squeeze or two of lime or lemon and it is perfect for tacos, nachos, and anything Mexican! Add lime or lemon juice, your favorite seasoning (Old Bay, Mexican spices, Ms. Dash, etc) or a little bit of those onion dip premixed spices and you have a great dip for chips and crackers at a party.
In dishes like chicken, potato salad, mac and cheese, or cole slaw, Greek yogurt can be used as a complete substitute as well. I would only recommend that for people that love the taste of Greek yogurt. If you want a substitute that cheats the flavor, I would suggest substituting half of the original recipe for Greek yogurt. That way, you can get the flavor and taste of mayo, while also adding a healthy aspect to an otherwise relatively unhealthy dish. Don’t be scared to experiment! If you are hesitant to this substitute, try only subbing out a third of the mayo for the Greek yogurt. I promise you won’t even be able to tell the difference! The other great thing about Greek yogurt is that texturally, it is thicker, so it is actually better for cole slaw because it won’t get the slaw as liquid-y and soupy as mayo would.
Almost all brands of Greek yogurt are good, relatively cheap, and at almost all regular grocery stores. My personal favorite is Chobani, but Dannon, Oikos, and even Yoplait are also good brands as well. Remember to substitute the sour cream or mayo for plain Greek yogurt! Stay healthy!