Margarita's International Recipes


Cucumber Yogurt Dip

This cucumber dip (or salad) is enjoyed throughout the Middle East. It's particularly good with grilled meats (like the kibbeh) and it's very easy to make.

Cucumber Yogurt Dip


  • 1 large cucumber,diced
  • salt
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • white pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dried crushed mint or 3 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped


    Place cucumber in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let drain for 30 minutes.

    Mix yogurt with the garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add mint and cucumber and mix. If you want a less chunky dip you can mash it in a blender or food processor.

    Adapted from A book of Middle Eastern Food

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