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Savory Yogurt Topping Ideas

May 15, 2013 | Amelia Winslow

Most of us are accustomed to topping our yogurt with sweet additions like fruit and granola. But have you ever turned your yogurt into a savory snack by adding slightly less traditional toppings? If so, we’d love to hear how you do it. If not, here are some savory topping suggestions that just might revolutionize how you eat yogurt!

Cucumber topping on yogurt is refreshing!

Plain yogurt with thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh mint leaves, and sea salt.

Tip: Buy organic cucumbers if possible, since their conventional counterparts are on the Dirty Dozen list, which means they contain higher levels of pesticides than other conventional vegetables.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Thinly-sliced radishes or grated carrots in place of cucumbers.

  • Fresh basil, cilantro or Italian parsley in place of mint.

  • Add a pinch of cumin or garlic powder along with the salt.




Garbanzo beans, veggies and feta, yum!

Plain Greek yogurt with garbanzo beans, chopped grilled vegetables, and feta cheese.

Tip: Grill or roast more vegetables than you need next time you’re making dinner. Not only can you use the extra veggies in this yogurt dish, but you’ll also have them for adding to salads, sauces and sandwiches.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Add chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts instead of (or in addition to) feta cheese.

  • Use lentils or any other kind of beans in place of the garbanzo beans.

  • Drizzle with olive oil before serving.




Beets, fresh oranges and dill!

Plain Greek yogurt with shredded beets, fresh oranges, and fresh dill.

Tip: Use pre-cooked or canned beets in place of raw shredded beets if you prefer a softer texture or are short on time. When buying canned beets, look for ingredients you recognize. Canned beets should only contain beets, water and (sometimes) salt.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Marinate the shredded beets in a little orange juice and olive oil before serving with the yogurt.

  • Add shaved or shredded fennel along with or in place of the beets.

  • Replace the fresh dill with sliced green onion, fennel fronds or cilantro.




Chunky tomato salsa and black beans!

Plain Greek yogurt with chunky tomato salsa and black beans.

Tip: These ingredients also make a great dip for tortilla chips or raw vegetables. Simply stir together the salsa, beans, yogurt and cheese or avocado and serve as a healthy appetizer.

Great substitution ideas:

  • Add avocado slices or shredded cheddar cheese.

  • Serve with tortilla chips or a soft flour tortilla for dipping.

  • Try mango or peach salsa in place of tomato salsa.

How do YOU like to use yogurt in savory dishes?

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