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.
What Is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a simple Greek salad made with cucumber, yogurt, dill, salt and pepper that's a great foil to spicy dishes. Here we slice the cucumbers and keep them bite size. If you shred or dice the cucumber very small and add garlic and lemon, tzatziki becomes more of a sauce, used frequently on gyros and kabobs.
Cucumber Yogurt Salad Additions
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Minced garlic
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Dash of white rice vinegar and squeeze of lime
- Crushed nuts
More Cooling Cucumber Salad Recipes
- Easy Cucumber Salad
- Cucumber Salad With Feta and Mint
- Sesame Cucumber Salad
- Cucumber Salad With Tahini Dressing
- Cucumber Mint Quinoa Salad
Tzatziki (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)
2 cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon dried dill, or a couple teaspoons of fresh dill
Sprinkling salt and pepper
Taste the cucumbers:
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.
Make the salad:
To make the salad, simply gently mix together the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||17%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|