Quick & Healthy Recipe: Spanspek with Yoghurt and Hot Honey

5 min. read
Quick & Healthy Recipe: Spanspek with Yoghurt and Hot Honey
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 9 February, 2024

Celebrate this season’s bounty with sunshine spreads like this moreish cold plate dish; spanspek with yoghurt and hot honey. Summer lovin’ is easy when food is this delicious and nutritious. Enjoy this tasty, quick, healthy recipe serving 6 to 8 people today!

Hot honey:

  • 1 cup (250ml) honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp (15-30ml) fine chilli flakes (we used Korean gochugaru flakes)
  • 2cm knob of fresh ginger, sliced into rounds
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup (60-80ml) apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cucumber
  • 1 cup (250ml) full-cream plain yoghurt
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ punnet (7g) each fresh dill and mint, chopped
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • Two spanspek melons, peeled and cut into wedges
  • Two balls (125g each) of burrata (fresh mozzarella) or use crumbled feta

For serving:

  • Handful spring onion curls or slices
  • Handful of fresh coriander and mint
  • Sprinkling of sesame seeds


Heat honey, chilli flakes and ginger in a pot over medium heat. Stir for 3-4 minutes while heating, keeping a close eye not to let it boil. Turn off the heat and allow it to infuse for 10 minutes. (Heat up slightly again if honey has thickened up).

  • Add vinegar and stir to combine evenly.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, adding an extra 1-2 tsp of chilli flakes if you prefer a good kick.
  • Finely grate cucumber and squeeze over a colander to drain excess liquid.
  • Combine cucumber, yoghurt, lemon peel, dill and mint. Season and spread on a platter.
  • Top with spanspek wedges. Drizzle with hot honey just before serving, garnished with spring onion, herbs and sesame seeds.
  • Melon has long-graced Italian spreads, often paired with salty cold meats, but this trendy take pairs it with can’t-stop-eating-it-chilli-infused honey.

Impress your guests at this weekend’s braai with this delicious summer cold plate dish! Discover more easy-to-make, quick and healthy recipes here.