Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Tzatziki)

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Cucumber yogurt tzatziki, a simple salad of peeled, sliced cucumbers, yogurt, dill, and salt and pepper. To accompany spicy dishes.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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    Just wanted to add that in Greece at least no Tzatziki is without the garlic ;-) so cucumbers, yoghurt, oil and garlic ;-)

  2. Madhumeeta

    I forgot to mention the name of this dish in India. It is known by the name “Cucumber Raita” or “kakdi chi Koshimbir”.Fresh cilantro sprinkled on the top adds up to the taste and gives nice garnishing effect.

  3. Madhumeeta

    This dish with a slight variation is very common in India with a different name though. I would like to share that variation , you can give it a try. Cut the cucumber into small pieces add yogurt to it and a pinch of sugar and salt to taste. Take a small pan and pour some oil in it add Cumin seeds then a pinch of asafoetida and a small green chilly ( remove the seeds) put this on that cucumber yogurt mixture.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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