Cucumber Yogurt Salad / Cacik

CacikMoment of confession; I recently read that it seemed strange or queer to others that Turks eat a lot of yogurt. On the otherhand, when I thought about it; for instanse I eat a lot of yogurt. I can eat it with almost anything except fish. Here is a recipe of a yogurt replacement. It is actually replacing any other salad. It is like a refreshing side dish. Served cold, eaten like a cold soup but it is a side dish. 

Cacik goes perfect with meat balls, kebabs and boreks, also with dry bean dishes. It can wait in the fridge for a day, but it is best – like many others – on the day it is prepared.

Just needs 10 minutes maximum to put on the table. Wash, peel and chop the cucumbers to really small bits. Mix the yogurt, mix the cucumbers, salt, minced garlic, dry mint flakes.

Cacık HazırlıkIf you cannot stand eating or the smell of the garlic, ofcourse you can omit it. Some like to add chopped dill, red pepper flakes and drizzle olive oil. These are optional. Nice thing about cooking is you are generally free about everything and you can adjust recipes according to your likes. For instance some people like their cacik really thick, and creamy, some like it watery. I like it medium. So try it out, and see which thickness suits you or your guests better.

After you adjust the thickness by adding drinking water you are ready to serve. If you will serve immediately and have no time to keep in the fridge to cool, use cold water, it will do. Serve in little bowls, one per person and enjoy this refreshment.

Cucumber Yogurt Salad / Cacik
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Turks love to have yogurt on the table. We eat it with almost anything, except fish. We add it to starters, salads, meat and poultry dishes. This salad made of yogurt is a replacement of plain yogurt and the salad. It is supposed to be eaten like a cold soup with a spoon, but should be served
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cucumber Yogurt Salad / Cacik
Print Recipe
Turks love to have yogurt on the table. We eat it with almost anything, except fish. We add it to starters, salads, meat and poultry dishes. This salad made of yogurt is a replacement of plain yogurt and the salad. It is supposed to be eaten like a cold soup with a spoon, but should be served
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Pour the yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk it to make it smooth.
  2. Cut the cucumber to tiny cubes. Do not prefer to grate if possible; if you do the cucumbers become messy and watery.
  3. Add the cucumber to the yogurt. Mix. Add cold drinking water until you have a thick texture. Don't forget this is supposed to be eaten with a spoon, like a soup. Some like it really watery, some with some thickness. Make it according to your taste.
  4. Add salt, dry mint flakes. Mix
  5. You can also add chopped dill, red pepper flakes and a table spoonful of extra virgin olive oil. But these are optional.
  6. Serve a large ladleful for every person. Serve cold and enjoy.
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