5 Ways to Enjoy the Savory Side of Yogurt
On the list of things to add to your yogurt, vegetables of any way, shape, or form are likely at the bottom of your list. Layer in fruit jam and you’ve got DIY fruit-on-the-bottom. Swirl in honey and peanut butter and you’ve practically got dessert. So why even go beyond the world of sweet mix-ins and dig into something more savory?
Because it opens the door to a whole new world of snacking options. Inspired by these savory yogurts, the concept is simple: Stir in a bit of puréed vegetables to plain yogurt and you’ve just boosted both its flavor and nutrition.
The best contenders are those vegetables that have just a touch of natural sweetness. Try roots like beets, winter squash, and carrots — either roasted, steamed, or boiled, then puréed until smooth — or reach for tomatoes when they’re at their peak at the end of the summer (these can even be puréed raw). Stir a few spoonfuls into your yogurt (Greek is great!), along with a pinch of flaky sea salt and maybe a grind of black pepper, and forget all about your usual honey.
But snacking is just the beginning. Here are other ways to play around with vegetable-sweetened yogurt in the kitchen.
Turn It into Dip
You’re looking at an instant dip for crudité. Spice it up by adding a bit of minced garlic and a sprinkle of a spice blend like za’atar, or go for chopped fresh herbs like thyme, basil, or parsley.
Add to Smoothies
Maybe you’re already tossing in handfuls of raw greens to your morning smoothie, but adding yogurt that’s been hit with vegetable purée boosts the fiber content further while lending creaminess.
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