Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Tzatziki)

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 (Tzatziki) Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 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


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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  • Pink Sun Drops

    Oooh, that looks so refreshing and tasty!

  • Pink Sun Drops

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

  • 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 .

  • 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!

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