Recipes, Snacks & Condiments

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.

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14 thoughts on “Cool Yogurt Salad”

    1. 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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