If you are a fun of fresh, simple Mediterranean food, you will surely enjoy simple Tzatziki Sauce, or in mine – 10 min Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad . The combination of cucumber, garlic, mint, dill and best quality yogurt ( I like Fage Greek Yoghourt) is widely popular in the eastern countries by the Mediterranean Sea.
Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad supports your immune system
Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad is light and it delivers a serious punch of green, fresh juicy coolness coming from both mint and yogurt. It works brilliantly along the traditional roasted lamb instead of the usual mint sauce.
The added bonus in Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad comes from garlic, which in the raw form supports your immune system.
Garlic creates a link and binds the dill, mint and cucumber together into the real deal. Some people like to add a very finely chopped onion, but I find that it can overpower the cucumber and does not deliver much depth. There is already enough crunch coming from the cucumber.
Cucumber and mint are known for being best friends and, not surprisingly, work great together.
The real party starts when the dill joins the bowl!
This super refreshing Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad is known in Persian kitchen as Maast-o Khiar or Tzatziki Sauce and is served as a side to meaty or spicy dishes. It sometimes contains a bit of tarragon or oregano. You could also add raisins or walnuts to see whether this twist works for you.
I would recommend serving this lovely salad with red meat, especially lamb, or any spicy meats and sauces. If you chop the Cucumber, Dill, Garlic Salad ingredients very, very finely and add a bit of lemon juice (you could also liquidate all the ingredients) it could become a delicious dip.
For the more in depth inside of the world of oriental flavours have a look at Shayma Saadat’s blog.
One of my favourite posts by Shayma is the one on Saffron Rice Pudding. It is delicious and very simple recipe plus a great story about the origin of saffron.
- 1 medium English cucumber (seeded) – finely diced
- 250 ml of Greek yogurt (like Fage Greek Yoghourt)
- 2 garlic cloves – minced
- 1 tbsp fresh dill - finely chopped
- 3 tbsp fresh mint - finely chopped
- Pinch of salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.