I always used the think of yogurt as a sweet food. Maybe it’s because all the flavored versions are sweet and full of fruit. Maybe it’s because I used to associate sweet with breakfast, and yogurt was always a breakfast food in my mind.
Whatever the reason, I recently realized that my all-time favorite breakfast is not only savory, but it also features something distinctly yogurt-like. You see, there is a special place in my heart for the classic Israeli breakfast of chopped salad, labneh sprinkled with zaatar, and a little bread to lap it all up. Labneh is a thick spread that I’ve heard compared to both yogurt and cheese. Really, it’s something in between.
The point is, I was recently inspired by my love of the savory labneh to look at yogurt in a whole different way. Yogurt is a great, easy snack, packed with good stuff. Greek yogurt is even better with a large wallop of protein thrown in there. While the fruit flavored ones are a fantastic snack, I also love the plain yogurt and how tangy it is.
For the last few weeks, plain Greek yogurt and crackers has been a go-to breakfast or snack for me. I love the way plain, tangy yogurt pairs with sweet tomatoes. Everything is always improved with a little balsamic vinegar, in my opinion, but you can feel free to keep the tomatoes plain. I tend to buy Chobani since they’re the most widely available, but any brand will work. Whatever brand you use, I highly encourage trying a savory twist on yogurt. You might even find a new favorite breakfast combo.
What’s your favorite way to eat yogurt?
Savory Yogurt with Balsamic Tomatoes
6-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup (or a single serving container) plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani)
Crackers or toast (Wasa crackers pictured here)
1. Mix the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
2. Thickly spread the yogurt over crackers or toast. Spoon the tomato mixture over the yogurt, drizzling some of the extra balsamic on top. Eat immediately.