Cucumber & Yogurt Salad

"Cucumber and yogurt salad, or khyar bil laban, is SO refreshing. This amazingly flavorful and simple salad is made with yogurt and cucumbers. I love to serve this as part of a mezze or along side meaty dishes. It's perfect with kufta, grape leaves and stuffed zuchinni, chicken kabobs, or any rice dish. I always make this salad with whole milk yogurt because I love the creamy texture. In general, plain full-fat yogurt is more flavorful than non-fat yogurt. You don't get the same results if you use low fat yogurt because its very thin. ​ Traditionally, this salad is made with diced cucumbers. However, you can also grate the cucumbers, instead of dicing them, to make this as a dip. If you grate the cucumbers, make sure to drain the excess water. ​ I'm constantly on the search for easy, make ahead recipes for my dinners and parties. Now this is a dish you can find at most Middle Eastern dinners, it's a hit with adults and kids! You can prepare this a day before, just wait to add the garlic the same day you're serving it. Serve it along side fried pita chips or veggies, making this a wonderful vegetarian appetizer!"
-- @oursoufra
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Prep time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 3 peeled and diced Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 cup Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • 1 clove minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mint
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  • Step 1

    In a bowl, combine cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, mint and salt. Gently mix.

  • Step 2

    When ready to serve, drizzle olive oil on top and enjoy!

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