This is a cool refreshing salad that takes only five minutes to prepare. The combination of cucumber and yogurt is really refreshing. In the summer I’m kind of known for making mojitos. Not only do I love fresh mint in mojitos, but I even add it to salads sometimes too lol! Fresh mint is the perfect fresh herb for this salad, but fresh dill would also work.
This cucumber yogurt salad is kind of like a deconstructed tzatziki. If you’ve never had tzatziki before, it’s a cucumber yogurt sauce with dill, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. It’s a must-have on the table during the summer in Greece. I didn’t include fresh garlic in this salad, however, because I think it’s a little overpowering for what I’m going for here.
Cucumber and yogurt are in a lot of recipes from my two different backgrounds, Greek and Armenian. Like I said, Greeks serve tzatziki with pretty much everything in the summer. Armenians make a very similar yogurt dip to tzatziki called “jujukh”. The main difference is that Armenians use mint instead of dill.
Even though Armenia isn’t on the Mediterranean sea, it has a very similar cuisine. Fruit and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, legumes, and extra virgin olive oil are staples of the Armenian diet. The climate is hot so cool and refreshing yogurt and cucumbers are a great way to stay cool.
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Cucumber Yogurt Salad with Fresh Mint, Lemon, and Olive Oil
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.