Cool Yogurt Salad

Yogurt Salad

A few years ago, tzatziki was all I could think about. These days I’ve moved on to yogurt salad. The influx of Mediterranean and middle eastern restaurants in Bay Ridge has certainly contributed to the habit. Finding a lack of “tzatziki” listed on the menu I was driven to enjoy my pita with other yogurt dips like haydari and yogurt salad. In honestly, I think haydari might be my new favorite, but I haven’t yet perfected the home recipe. In the meantime, yogurt salad is a perfectly satisfying replacement.

There’s minor differences between yogurt salad and tzatziki. Tzatziki has a thicker base from either greek or strained yogurt. The cucumber is shredded thinner and all the flavors are there but the result is a thick, smoother dip. On the other hand, yogurt salad is made from regular plain yogurt, diced or coarsely shredded cucumber and spices. The result is a thinner, almost soupy dip. Rather than dipping your pita or bread, it requires more of a scooping action and while not suitable for topping turkey burgers, I’d a refreshing blend of cool yogurt with lots of cucumber chunk flavor.

Cool Yogurt Salad (Makes about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 1 medium cucumber, coarsely grated or finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 c plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Squeeze any extra water from the cucumber as you transfer it to a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt. Add dill, mint and garlic powder. Stir in yogurt, lemon juice and olive oil. Don’t worry, the dip will be a little soupy. Season with additional salt if needed and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving with pita corners, crusty bread or tortilla chips.

14 thoughts on “Cool Yogurt Salad

    • Absolutely. I’m not sure it would keep as long in the fridge though. I usually make a huge batch that lasts 4-5 days. With the tomatoes and their juices maybe only 2 days?

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