CONTEST CLOSED: 3 Recipes with Greek Yogurt, Plus a Giveaway


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I love Greek yogurt! I've been eating it for years, after discovering it at Trader Joe's shortly after I started to pay attention to healthy eating. I love that it's now available in regular supermarkets, in several brands, sizes, and flavors. (I prefer plain 2%.)

Yoplait kindly sent us some recipes from a recent event, Yoplait Greek Nourish Your Inner Goddess Retreat. All of the recipes use Greek yogurt. (Keep reading beyond the recipes for a chance to try the Greek yogurt for yourself.)

Chicken Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Prep Time: 30 Min

Start to Finish: 1 Hr 30 Min


2 containers (6 ounce each) Yoplait® Greek Fat Free honey vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons poppy seed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

2 cups uncooked penne or rotini pasta
2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted *

  1. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients using wire whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  3. In large bowl, mix cooked pasta, chicken, spinach, grapes and celery. Stir dressing; pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Stir in almonds, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish, if desired.

6 servings (1 1/3 cups each)

1 Serving: Calories 360 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 490mg; Total Carbohydrate 44g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 10g); Protein 26g

Technique * To toast almonds, cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Fresh Dill Yogurt Dip

Prep Time: 20 Min

Start to Finish: 20 Min

  • 2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Greek Fat Free plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed or 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced (2 cups)

  1. In medium bowl, mix yogurt, dill, red bell pepper, green onions, salt, red pepper and garlic until well blended. Garnish with additional diced red bell pepper, if desired.

  2. Serve with carrots, broccoli and cucumber slices.
7 servings (1/4 cup each)

1 Serving: Calories 50 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 220mg; Total Carbohydrate 8g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 5g); Protein 5g

Dark Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time: 15 Min
Start to Finish: 15 Min
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 box (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Greek Fat Free honey vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

  1. In small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of the milk and the chocolate chips. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

  2. In medium bowl, combine remaining 1 1/4 cups milk and pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is well blended and thickened; stir in yogurt.

  3. Blend melted chocolate into pudding mixture; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into individual dessert dishes. Top each serving with additional whipped topping and raspberries. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time. Store covered in refrigerator.
6 servings (1/2 cup each)

1 Serving: Calories 250 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 37g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 27g); Protein 6g

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  • 100
    I by the plain, started w/ Oikos and now buy Fage 0% due to cost. (I save 65 cents on 16 oz.). I have not purchased sour cream for over a year. Feels so much better to eat a whole food like Greek yogurt than fat-free or lite sour cream.

    A friend suggested adding it to a salad. she had encountered this while traveling in Croatia. I tried it yesterday - added a couple of tablespoons to a salad ofter a had spritzed it w/ Wishbone Salad Sprizter and it seemed like I had used a creamy dressing on it.

    I have ventured into a couple of flavored varieties as a "treat" and they were okay. I prefer plain w/ add-ins.. I noticed Aldi has flavored Greek yogurt (but not plain) and I may try that next. - 11/10/2011   12:06:51 PM
    I just tried Greek yogurt for the first time this past week! I loved it and so did my kids! I tried the Chobani since my grocery story didn't have yoplait. I can't wait to try the Yoplait brand! Thanks for sharing the great recipes.. - 8/26/2011   6:09:00 PM
  • 98
    Costco has reasonably priced Greek yoghurt. I was buying Chobani which I liked but am now buying Fage and adding my own fruit and no sugar. Yoplait has a strange texture, so I didn't like it so much. Skyr is wonderful, but hard to find. - 5/7/2011   11:03:31 AM
  • 97
    I have just started eating it lately and love it now. Glad for the recipe ideas. - 10/23/2010   9:24:45 AM
  • 96
  • 95
    Definitely everyone should try the Chobani 0% fat brand flavored Greek yogurts they are pretty good and filling. 12 grams of protein! this is great for people who don't eat a lot of meat. If you are dieting as we all are on SP, there is no point to adding nuts and honey and other fattening ingredients to something just to make it go down better, cancels out the whole point. My favorite yogurt is the Fiber One endorsed by HungryGirl, they are 0 points! - 10/19/2010   8:55:03 AM
  • 94
    I must admit the first time I tried greek yogurt I thought it was sooo gross. I tried the Stonyfield brand with the honey and was not a fan.
    This week I decided to try it again. So I picked up a vanilla and strawberry greek yogurt by Brown Cow. It took some getting used to but when I realized I had eaten it all without dreading the next bite I was suprised. It is more expensive but I cant help but look at all of that protein on the label and want to buy it!
    To those who have tried it and dont like it, try another brand and/or flavor, you may find something you like! :) - 10/18/2010   11:24:01 PM
  • 93
    I'm going to buy some and try one of these recipes, thanks! - 10/18/2010   10:11:01 PM
    I like the Oikos Stoneyfield Farms, Plain with a drizzle of agave nectar. Then you can add....fresh fruit or granola!!! good!!!! - 10/18/2010   5:22:01 PM
  • 91
    I have been wanting to try Greek Yogurt but .... the price kind of throws me ... perhaps I will win and be a total convert! - 10/18/2010   5:07:40 PM
    I made the dark chocolate mousse for dessert tonight. It was delicious! Even my 9 year old liked it. He couldn't tell the difference:) - 10/18/2010   3:15:24 AM
  • 89
    I have to agree with HAPPYWRITER7. I love greek yogurt, but not Yoplait's greek yogurt. I bought some recently when the market was out of my regular brand (Voskos). I found the Yoplait brand to have an unpleasant, almost gritty texture, and after the initial taste most of it went in the garbage. Sorry, Yoplait.

    I make delicious Curry Dip with greek yogurt. Just stir in curry powder, garlic powder, a dash of onion powder and a sprinkling of lemon juice. Let it sit awhile for the flavors to blend. (Sorry, can't give quantities, I just ad lib it.) I especially love it as a dip for steamed artichokes, but it's also good with any veggie, or as a flavorful spread on sandwiches, or thinned with a little milk or broth as a sauce for chicken or fish. - 10/17/2010   5:12:24 PM
  • 88
    I love Greek Yogurt, but Yoplait Greek yogurt is the exception. I would gladly prepare these recipes with Fage, Chobani or Okios but NOT Yoplait. - 10/17/2010   3:16:37 PM
  • 87
    I adore Greek yogurt. I like it plain, but I usually add a bit of Splenda to it to make it taste like vanilla. Yummy. - 10/16/2010   9:37:25 PM
  • 86
    I agree with TerryT55... I'll use any kind of fresh, frozen or dried fruit, chopped almonds or fiber cereal. My body is so accustomed to yoghurt every morning that I can really tell the difference when I don't have it for a day or two. - 10/16/2010   3:10:07 PM
  • 85
    I agree with UNTRUE02. I like the way yogurt tastes but it makes my stomach go nuts. - 10/16/2010   10:57:31 AM
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  • 83
    I love Trader Joe's 2% Greek Yogurt and have it every morning for breakfast. I top mine with fresh fruit, my favorites are blueberries & peaches, toasted slivered almonds and fiber one cereal. It's a great way to start the day! - 10/16/2010   12:55:49 AM
    all these are great recepes - 10/15/2010   10:41:28 PM
    Greek yogurt has almost twice the protein of regular yogurt. The whey has been removed making it creamy and delicious. It makes a good sour cream substitute. I always buy plain, then I can add minced garlic, fresh parsley and a small amount of olive oil as a sauce for grilled protein. Or, I add my own fresh fruit and make a parfait or smoothie. I eat Greek yogurt at least 3 times per week and love it. (I am not a fan of Yoplait Greek yogurt.) - 10/15/2010   10:07:10 PM
  • JOLKA79
    the recipes look interesting. i usually use plain yogurt instead of sour cream in most baking recipes and some cooking. unfortunately my favorite grocery store doesnt carry yoplait greek yogurt so i havent tried it yet. one thing that stops me from using most of the desert recipes from this and sparkrecipes site that there is almost always (frozen) whipped topping/cream involved. and that stuff just seems to me so fake and artificial, it doesnt even taste good. - 10/15/2010   9:58:29 PM
  • 79
    I don't think the Yoplait Greek Yogurt actually has any live bacteria. But, I enjoy several others. I like to spread on my whole wheat pancakes and pour sugar-free syrup over it. I reminds me of a cheese danish. Yummy! - 10/15/2010   9:34:14 PM
  • 78
    This is going to sound real dumb but whats the difference between "greek " yogurt and "regular" yogurt? besides the obvious no sugar. - 10/15/2010   8:58:37 PM
  • 77
    My grandmother, a Greek, made the best yoghurt! I loved to eat it plain. - 10/15/2010   8:55:41 PM
  • 76
    I make my own yogurt with Greek yogurt as the starter. I mainly eat it with fruit--yum! - 10/15/2010   6:21:51 PM
  • 75
    Wow...this sounds great, especially the idea of making your own so you know exactly what's in it. The recipes look delicious - looks like I'm going to have to spend the time in the kitchen this weekend! YUM!!!!! - 10/15/2010   6:06:33 PM
  • 74
    I love greek yogurt for everything. Either to just eat plain, with fruit, or often in recipes, but I was very disappointed with the yoplait greek yogurt. Although, I've always thought of yoplait as one of the best brands for regular yogurt, I think they make the worst greek yogurt I've ever tasted. - 10/15/2010   5:13:59 PM
  • 73
    I've loved greek yogurt forever, so glad it's now one of the 'smart' foods. - 10/15/2010   5:04:45 PM
  • 72
    I just like to eat mine out of the container, or mix in some fresh fruit. - 10/15/2010   3:35:04 PM
  • BSWEET101
    I haven't found one that I like ... yet ... but I'm still trying different brands/flavors. I think I'll try with granola/fruit toppings, too. - 10/15/2010   3:19:52 PM
  • 70
    I don't like yogurt. But I do bake with greek yogurt. - 10/15/2010   3:19:01 PM
  • 69
    I love Fage 0% yogurt, but have not found a flavored one yet. - 10/15/2010   2:56:13 PM
  • 68
    with 1 tsp honey - yummy! - 10/15/2010   2:41:18 PM
  • 67
    I love plain yogurt on baked potatoes and as a salad dressing on salads with herbs sprinkled over it. - 10/15/2010   2:03:41 PM
  • 66
    I grew up on yogurt and kefir and actually don't like flavored or sweetened yogurts. When I buy yogurt in the U.S., I go for the low-fat Greek style (staying away from non-fat dairy) or goat milk yogurts. Also love yogurt cheese - it has great tangy taste and good texture. - 10/15/2010   1:58:00 PM
    My vegetarian daughter got me started on Greek yogurt. She convinced me that it was so much healthier than regular yogurt so I tried it. It took some getting used to. At first I had to have it sweetened and with fruit but gradually I have learned to like it plain also. Brands make a HUGE difference. My favorite is Fage. I often use the plain in place of sour cream or cream cheese and even put the plain on toaster waffles in place of cream cheese. And I LOVE the stuff now. - 10/15/2010   1:48:49 PM
    I've wanted to try to make it at home, but my husband is a little iffy on it...however, we do buy Chobani at Costco and it's cheaper than at Publix. Flavors are limited though to blueberry, strawberry and peach. - 10/15/2010   1:28:02 PM
  • 63
    i printed them thanks - 10/15/2010   1:21:38 PM
  • 62
    Make your own greek regular yogurt in a paper lined (I use a coffee filter) sieve (over a bowl) and leave in the fridge overnight....regular yogurt is much end up with a very thick greek style yogurt... - 10/15/2010   1:07:42 PM
  • 61
    I like Dannon vanilla Greek yogurt with dried cherries and walnuts - very good! Of the varieties I have tried, I prefer Dannon. I haven't had Chobani brand yet. - 10/15/2010   11:43:16 AM
    Greek yogurt with a little granola - fabulous! - 10/15/2010   10:57:05 AM
  • 59
    I also like the Chobani and get the box of 12 at Costco as someone mentioned earlier. The box in Costco comes with 3 flavors with chunks of fruit in them - bluberry, strawberry and peach. I used to buy regular yogurt, but the consistency started getting to me. I like the thickness of the Chobani. - 10/15/2010   10:50:30 AM
  • 58
    I've been using Greek yogurt more and more, now that more brands (and some lower prices) are offering it. I must say, though, that Yoplait is not the best of the flavored yogurts. I like Dannon and Stonyfield (though pricier than Dannon) fat free flavored yogurts. I also use the plain for a salad dressing recipe that I found here on SP called Creamy Greek Dressing (something like that). The Greek yogurt makes this dressing thicker, like a dip, which I love with my carrot sticks and red pepper strips, etc. - 10/15/2010   10:46:07 AM
  • 57
    I prefer Dannon Greek yogurt not the yoplait. The texture in the yoplait was very different fron the Dannon. When I checked the ingredients, I think I remember reading the yoplait contains gelatin. Maybe a thickening ingredient. Not for me. I enjoy the Dannon plain Greek yogurt with some honey, fruit and nuts added to it. Read labels! - 10/15/2010   10:42:20 AM
  • 56
    I like using it as a substitute for sour cream and I like vanilla for a sweet treat. - 10/15/2010   10:35:59 AM
    Not all "Greek" yogurt is created equal! Just because it says "Greek" a lot of the recent ones like Yoplait's are just companies getting on the name bandwagon. Keep checking the ingredients! - 10/15/2010   10:27:00 AM
    I LOVE Greek yogurt ! How do I eat mine ? With a bit of honey or maple syrup. - 10/15/2010   10:23:48 AM
  • 53
    This too funny and timely! I had just decided I needed to add more protein tomy diet, since I don't eat red meat. I had just bought Fage Greek Yogurt and ate it this morning - yuck! Very thick and tasteless. I added a banana and some cinnamon still thick and tasteless. The Greek yogurt overpowered the cinnamon and banana! Probably better for cooking than just eating. I do have some flavored ones as well and will be trying those later this weekend. - 10/15/2010   10:23:29 AM
  • 52
    I like my Greek yogurt with no sugar preserves (apricot or peach preserves are fab!) and half a handful of slivered almonds - OMG delicious!

    I've also added cocoa powder and stevia (or sugar-free chocolate pudding) and chopped nuts - brownie yogurt!!!!!!!! - 10/15/2010   10:23:17 AM
  • 51
    I have made a vodka penne using the Greek yogurt--just mix it with your jarred sauce and some hot pepper flakes and then your cooked penne. You can add some basil or even some spinach but this is marvelous and so fast and easy! (As the original recipe said, you don't taste the vodka so don't bother!) - 10/15/2010   10:18:24 AM

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