Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (Cacik or Tzatziki)

Tzatziki or Cacik, cucumber yogurt sauce

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Cacik or Tzatziki, the famous cool, creamy cucumber yogurt sauce has so many uses, a spread, a dip or a sauce.


  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and grated or finely chopped
  • 4 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint or dill
  • salt
  • olive oil (optional)


In a mixing bowl, combine cucumbers and garlic. (Don’t add any cucumber juices to the bowl.)  Add salt to taste. Mix in yogurt – best when refrigerated for an hour.

Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with mint or dill and drizzle olive oil on top.


Vary with parsley, lemon or a dash or red wine vinegar.

If you don’t have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt in a cloth or paper towel-lined strainer eight hours or overnight.


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