People regularly top plain Greek yogurt with fruit, granola and other sweet ingredients to create yogurt sundaes or parfaits.
But what about savory toppings?
When Pinkberry recently added conventional Greek yogurt to its frozen yogurt shops, among the fruit flavors were two savory yogurt sundaes:
Tomato Basil Yogurt Sundae: grape tomato, fresh basil, olive oil, sea salt, balsamic glaze
Sunflower Cucumber Yogurt Sundae: cucumber, sunflower seed bites, olive oil, chili powder
We liked them, and they inspired us to use vegetables and other savory toppings on our plain Greek yogurt, as well as vegetable-fruit mixes. An ingredients template follows so you can do the same.
Pinkberry’s Tomato-Basil Yogurt Sundae. Photo courtesy Pinkberry.
While it takes more time to chop, we like a smaller dice of vegetables and fruit, rather than large, chunky pieces. It’s more sundae-like, as opposed to salad-like.
Beet, cooked or raw
Grilled vegetables, mixed
Tomato (halved cherry or grape tomatoes or diced, seeded conventional tomatoes)
Zucchini and/or yellow squash
Chutney (a savory variety, such as cilantro/coriander)
Fine olive oil
Flavored olive oil or other infused oil (basil, chile, lemon, rosemary, etc.)
Hummus (thin hummus with water to the consistency of salad dressing)
Salsa (red or green, including fruit salsa like mango or peach—see salsa types)
Tzatziki or raita (recipes)
Pinkberry’s Sunflower Cucumber Sundae.
Photo © The Wandering Eater | Flickr.
Beans and/or lentils
Cheerios, Corn Flakes or other unsweetened cereal
Green onions (scallions)
Nuts and/or seeds
Olives, whole or sliced
Raisins or dried cranberries
Sweet onion or red onion
Parsley or other herbs
Spices: anise, caraway, celery seed, chili pepper flakes, cracked black pepper, dill seed/dill weed, fennel, toasted sesame seeds or anything appealing on the spice shelf, including flavored salts
SWEET YOGURT SUNDAES
We’d be remiss if we didn’t supply the recipes to Pinkberry’s sweet yogurt sundaes with Greek yogurt:
Chocolate Berry: Blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate granola, chocolate shavings, cinnamon honey
Strawberry Mango: Strawberry, mango, strawberry purée, toasted almonds, shaved coconut
Kiwi Strawberry: Kiwi, strawberry, mango, honey almond granola, vanilla agave nectar
*Giardinera is a mixture of pickled vegetables, Italian in origin, that can include carrots, cauliflower, celery, onions, red bell pepper and zucchini, carrots and cauliflower, pickled vegetables in red- or white-wine vinegar. It is typically eaten as an antipasto, and is also delicious on sandwiches.