Sunday, March 9, 2008

Simple and Fresh Tasting Yogurt Cucumber Dip

The simplicity of this dip takes nothing away from its delicious Mediterranean flavor. This is a taste that you may have encountered on a shawirma or gyros sandwich, but it also works great as a bread dip or a salad toping. It is a great side dish for other middle eastern dishes such as falafel, fava beans, shish kebab, or stuffed grape leaves.

If you want to make it thick enough to be used as a sandwich spread, you can substitute Lebna for the yogurt. This will also make the flavor slightly more tangy as well.

  • 1 cup of plain yogurt. If you want the dip to be thicker for a sandwich spread substitute Lebna.
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mint
  • 1 shake of salt

  1. Peel the cucumber.
  2. Make a criss-cross pattern on the cucumber with a knife.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the cucumber into a bowl. The criss-cross pattern will make the chunks small.
  4. salt the cucumbers, add the mint and garlic. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the yogurt, mix thoroughly.
  6. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or let stand in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  7. Serve with your favorite foods or just enjoy crispy bread or chips.

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