Cucumber Yogurt Dressing Recipe

salad with cucumber yogurt dressing

A typical summer lunch for me includes salad with tomatoes, avocado and cucumber yogurt dressing with homemade hummus on rice crackers.

Cucumber yogurt dressing, also known as tzatziki, is one of the most delicious and refreshing sauces or dips. It pairs well with any Mediterranean food, as well as meats like lamb, goat, and venison. In the summer, I often use it as the dressing for my salads or as a dip for some sort of kabob. The uses are endless. I love this stuff!

Traditional tzatziki uses mint or dill. But I like to keep things interesting. For the batch featured here, I used cilantro from my garden. Use whatever spice you want; it all tastes good. The key, I think, is really good Greek yogurt—full fat variety. It makes a difference. I also go heavy on the cucumber just because I love cucumber, and I go light on the garlic because a little garlic goes a very long way for me. Make this to your taste though.

Recipe: Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Summary: otherwise known as tzatziki


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, dill, or cilantro, chopped


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve. It’s really that easy. (so, peeling and grating the cucumber, juicing the lemon, and chopping the spices take a second or two, but still this is easy).
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Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 0

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern


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