Cucumber Yogurt Salad

We eat a lot of hot and spicy dishes around here; a great way to cool the palate is with the delicious combination of yogurt and cucumber. This easy-to-make cucumber salad, also called “tzatziki”, is a refreshing accompaniment to spicy dishes such as chili beans, enchiladas, and Indian food.

Cucumber Yogurt Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced
  • Plain yogurt, about 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, or a couple of teaspoons of fresh dill
  • Sprinkling of salt and pepper

Method

First taste the cucumbers to make sure that they are not bitter. Depending on the variety of cucumber you are using, and many other factors, you may find a cucumber that is distinctly bitter in taste. If this happens, soak the cucumber slices in salted water for half an hour, or longer, until the bitterness is reduced, then rinse and drain before using.

To make the salad, simply gently mix together the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Links:
Swiss Chard Tzatziki
Scandinavian Cucmber Salad from Maki at I Was Just Really Very Hungry.
Wake Your Mouth Up Thai Cucumber Salad from Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen
Nana's Cucumers with Sour Cream from Alanna of A Veggie Venture

35 Comments

  1. Pink Sun Drops

    Oooh, that looks so refreshing and tasty!

  2. Pink Sun Drops

    Well actually I meant *sounds* but it looks pretty darn good, too!

  3. Joao Pedro

    Don’t you leave the cucumber in salty water for a while in order to make then less bitter ? maybe your cucumbers are not like those we have here . Anyway , you can also try to substitute the dill for toasted cumin seeds … if you like cumin .

  4. elise

    Pink – it is refreshing!

    Joao – hmm, our cucumbers are quite mild, not usually needing to be soaked beforehand. Thanks for the cumin seed suggestion!

  5. Chris

    What a nice, simple recipe. Some of the best things are often dead simple. This is nice with FRESH MINT added, or if you want to combine cool & fresh with a bit of a BITE try adding a couple of crushed up dried red chilli’s.

  6. Serena

    I make a variation of this on a regular basis, only i grade the cucumbers and add finelly minced garlic. So good!

  7. tdove

    So I love cucumbers and hate yogurt, but I am always up for trying something new, ESPECIALLY if it’s easy. I made this for lunch today, and I must say that i was pleasantly surprised at the taste! though I can say that the taste won’t be for everyone in my family, it’s a great alternative to my usual cukes marinated in italian dressing…Thanks, Elise! –T

  8. igor

    I’m from macedonia and we usualy put also finely chopped garlick and even crushed nuts in the salad. Try it it is wonderful…

  9. ben

    Raita is all well and good, but if the food is truly spicy, there’s no substitute for masses of good, plain yoghurt.

  10. Vivian

    Add a tablespoon or so of cider vinegar for a lovely tang!

    ~Vivian

  11. Carol

    If we don’t have fresh or dried Dill…we love to raid the Dill Pickle jar for dill and about a Tablespoon of Dill juice. When desperate, we pull out the Green Olives, chop a few up and add some Olive juice. We have added finely chopped green onions or leftover radishes
    and a few drops of Tabasco! These combinations are an excellent side-dish with fish, meat or chicken, Takes only about 5 minutes.

  12. Mary

    I often like a bit of very thinly sliced red onion and some crushed garlic in such a salad. Yum!

  13. Renee

    I make a dish handed down from grandmother to mother to me using cucumbers, sour cream and white vinegar with salt and pepper to taste. It too is very refreshing and a great side dish

  14. sharon

    How different is this to tzatziki? Mmm, lemon!

  15. Jaspenelle

    I tried this and yum! It was great.

  16. sarah

    My family has alsway made this with garlic (or garlic salt to be less intense) mint and sour cream. It is one of my favorite summertime dishes –I just had it last night.

  17. shuna fish lydon

    Cool as Cucumber!

    Thank you for the reminder. I have two out of the three ingredients. Maybe for something odd I’ll chuck in some galia melon slices.

    The heat has taken my brain away. Thank god for the breeze today, even though it feels like I’m a meringue in a convection oven.

  18. Cary

    My father and I believe this quote says it all: “Cucumbers are best served thinly sliced, tossed with a bit of oil and vinegar, and thrown in the trash.” (sic) We can’t stand ‘em, but I sold this salad many times when catering.

  19. Catherine

    This would also go well with the addition of golden raisins and walnuts! Beautiful picture, by the way!

  20. Kari

    I tried this last night. It was so good. I love recipes like this that are so simple but taste and look more complicated.

  21. Pamela Ellman

    This was a perfect compliment to salmon with dill!

  22. Serge Lescouarnec

    Elise

    I recently discovered ‘Tarator’ a cold bulgarian soup with cucumbers and yogurt while writing a post on cold soups.
    Here is the link
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2006/07/cant_stand_the_.html

    Have a good week-end

    Serge

  23. charlene

    How long can this keep before it gets soggy? Could I make it the night before to eat for lunch?
    Thanks!

  24. steph

    My aunt makes the best cucumber salad. she adds some sour cream to the yogurt mixture to cut the tartness. It is very delicious.

  25. Pille

    This is very similar to a typical Estonian cucumber salad, the only difference being that we only use sour cream and never yogurt. Very popular during summer!! (It’s fun going through your archives:)

  26. Quasimorte

    Looks really good. try taking about 1.25-1.5 C of the yogurt, put it in a tea towel and hang it over a bowl in the fridge over night. the water in the yogurt comes out giving you a tangier, thicker yogurt. then mix it with the cucumber, dill and s and p.

  27. Bris

    Great recipe. Made this in 5 minutes. A dash of white rice vinegar made the dish pop and a squeeze of lime as well.

  28. ZDubb

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m going to serve it with pita slices tomorrow!

  29. PATTY

    All sounds so good, like the taste of summer. Makes me feel like a child again. Has anyone made their salads with mayo? 1-2 cukes, you scrape the seeds, add 2-3T balsamic vinegar, and mayo just to coat. What a treat. Enjoy. Salt to taste of course. Enjoy your summer.

    I make a mayo balsamic dip for artichokes which I really love, I could see something similar with cucumbers. ~Elise

  30. stephanie

    So, I accidentally bought the vanilla yogurt(it was in the wrong section lol) and I put it all together regardless, and it tasted pretty good actually. It was sweet, and then I put some salt in it and pepper to counteract the vanilla, and it was so good. It was interesting. I might make it with vanilla from now on haha.
    Thanks for posting this though, wonderful once again.

    Hah! I’ve made that mistake before, made a beef stroganoff with vanilla yogurt. It was sweet, but it worked. The kids for whom I was cooking scarfed it up. ~Elise

  31. Toni

    Just made this for lunch, and using some suggestions from other posters, I added thinly sliced red onion, a splash of red wine vinegar, added some lemon juice, and a crushed clove of garlic. Along with salt and pepper to taste, of course. I had some leftover chicken cutlet, chopped it up, put in in there, then toasted a pita pocket and cut that up for dipping. Great lunch. Thanks for the ideas!!

  32. Jan

    Have made this many times throwing something together at the last minute, but make it with sour cream instead of yogurt which I ususally have on hand. Very tasty. Don’t overdo with the dill, add a little and then taste.

  33. Sam I. Am

    This looks wonderful for summer. I make a similar salad but always grate the cucumbers first. I also tend to use greek or strained yogurt instead of plain. The combination is fantastic!

  34. Abeer

    You can also cut the cucumber into smaller pieces and add a little bit more of yogurt. This would give it an amazing taste with rice also.

  35. Brewnette

    I make a variation of this as well. I use the greek yogurt, but also add a tablespoon of mayonaise to the dressing, a dash of garlic salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. I use a mandolin to slice the cucumbers thin and also slice some red onion the same way. I put the cucumbers in layers in a bowl and salt each layer to help draw out the water. I sprinkle with a little white vinegar each time as well. (The vinegar seems to help take some of the edge off of the red onion) I let this sit for about an hour and then drain for about a half hour. This salad is a favorite in our house and I make it at least once a week.

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