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Savory Yogurt with Harissa & Za'atar

Savory Yogurt with Harissa & Za'atar

I feel as though I should just name this post: "what Emily's having for breakfast". This is another in a small series of non-recipe recipes that I'd like to offer up - it's simple, healthy, tangy, refreshing, and (obviously) savory. And, it's breakfast. 

Savory Yogurt with harissa, za'atar, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers - a healthy way to start the day. | Shiny Happy Bright

I think we're all familiar with that sweet, delicious taste of fruit on the bottom yogurt cups or drizzling honey and granola on top of our greek yogurt. I will personally never turn down a vanilla yogurt studded with fresh blueberries. 

I had kind of an overwhelming, sugary weekend though and I wanted to spend this week moving away from starting my day with sugar heavy cereals and yogurt. When I start the day with something sweet (it does not help that there is a pie shop literally in my apartment building!), I keep wanting the same flavors throughout the day. I'm not cutting out sugar, because I do believe in a life of balance (and because there's a New York cheesecake in the fridge for later), and because I like trying new things - here's my simple take on a savory yogurt recipe. 

Savory Yogurt with harissa, za'atar, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers - a healthy way to start the day. | Shiny Happy Bright
Savory Yogurt with harissa, za'atar, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers - a healthy way to start the day. | Shiny Happy Bright

On a side note, I was surprised I had to go to a speciality spice shop to find za'atar. I thought it was a pretty mainstream spice by now. If you've never used it - here's a little guide from the Kitchn on ways to use it and a recipe from Epicurious if you can't find it at a store. 


Savory Yogurt with Harissa & Za'atar

Makes 2 servings | Prep Time: 3 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups plain yogurt*

2 tablespoons harissa paste**

2 tablespoons za'atar 

1/2 cup thinly slice cucumber

1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes

pinch of salt

Instructions

Divide the yogurt between two bowls. 

Top each bowl with half the harissa, za'atar, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Sprinkle a dash of salt over each bowl. 

Serve immediately and enjoy!

*Do not use vanilla or another sweet yogurt with this, you definitely want plain or greek yogurt

**If you want to make your own harissa, I recommend this recipe. I bought this harissa for this yogurt. 


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