Just because summer may be close to its end, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy summer dishes all year long. If you’ve never tried a combo of cucumbers and yogurt, you’re in for a massive treat. It’s refreshing, tasty, and offers great room for experimentation and culinary exploration. Check out the recipe below, and feel free to adapt it to your preferences!
- 1 ½ pounds Persian cucumbers (about 8), quartered lengthwise into spears or just cut into circles
- 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil (e.g., canola, safflower, sunflower oil)
- ¼ cup parsley leaves and tender stems, chopped
- ¼ cup dill, chopped
- ½ cup mint leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon
- 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
How to Prep This Cucumbers and Yogurt Recipe
Put the cucumbers into a colander and mix with 1 teaspoon of salt. Set them in the sink to drain.
Heat the oil over medium heat in a small pot. Add the cumin and coriander, and toast them until they become fragrant for about 1 minute. Remove the oil from the heat and add the red pepper flakes to the herb mix.
Grab a bowl and toss the salted cucumbers with apple cider vinegar, spiced oil, and scallions. Let them marinate in a refrigerator for about 15 minutes (or you can leave them overnight) while you prepare the rest.
In a small bowl, combine the zest and juice of the lemon, olive oil, half of the mint, dill, and parsley, and yogurt. Stir well and add salt and pepper to taste.
It’s time to plate your dish. Spread the yogurt mixture at the bottom of a shallow bowl or the base of a plate. Use a slotted spoon to drain the excess liquid from the cucumbers and scallions. Place them evenly on top of the yogurt. Finish off by adding the remaining herbs and pine nuts (if used), and enjoy your super tasty and refreshing dish!