Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Tzatziki)


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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