Cucumber Tzatziki Salad



Hey guys, hope everyone is having a lovely week. Its been really warm here in New York and my winter weight has got to go. Now that its getting warmer I'm craving light yummy salads again. I love Tzatziki and I worked in a restaurant that used to serve it with black sesame crusted lamb. I would regularly take the yoghurt sauce and cucumber and eat it over greens. While the original Tzatziki is considered a sauce originating from Turkey and Greece which is served with bread or as a side. Its cooling refreshing taste is a nice contrast to any spicy rich food. I love this salad and developed it to be my own by incorporating Pimentón (a smokey paprika from Spain) cumin and lemon.


1 large cucumber
1 lemon
1 8oz container of greek youghurt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon pimenton or cayenne
1 tablespoon olive oil
S+P to taste
Fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, parsley, dill) all or one is a nice addition.
mesclun greens


Peel cucumber and de-seed using a spoon. With a mandoline cut cucumber on a bias on the second to thinnest setting. You can also cut this by hand if you dont have a mandolin or julienne. Add cucumber to a bowl and the greek yogurt. Add the seasonings, juice from half a lemon and olive oil. Mix well and taste. If you like more cumin, add more, more spice? add more, more citrus? add more lemon. Lightly toss greens with a little olive oil and lemon juice, place cucumber on top of the greens. I also like adding toasted sesame seeds or Gamasio (sesame salt). A warm pita would be lovely, makes two salads.


  1. Yum! What a fantastic idea for a salad, especially when you feel like a clean tasting bowls of greens. Thanks!

  2. I just put a dollop of greek yogurt on a spinach salad with garbanzos and lemon today and, while reveling in its deliciousness, wondered if this was odd behavior. And then I saw your post! So glad to know I am not alone, and I will surely try your pimenton-spiked tzatziki. (Also, I think this is the first time I've commented, so I'll mention too that I have long loved your photography. It is really, really lovely and always thoughtful.)

  3. Simple ideas with flavours that really go together are often the best. It's getting hotter where I live so this is just the sort of thing I feel like eating now. Beautiful image as always.

  4. Great idea, will def be trying this combo

  5. Ooh, I've never had tzatziki like this. Yum!

  6. What a beautifully simple idea. I love making my own garlicky homemade tzatziki but have never spooned it over salad - will definitely be trying now :-)

  7. I'm not really one for salad, but this sounds sooo good (and your still just adds to the deliciousness). Nomm!

  8. I love the additions you chose for this sauce. That would make it even more savory and delicious. I've never served it over greens but I shall now. :-) Perhaps with a dollop of hummus. Mmm.

  9. This salad sounds so perfect and flavorful Nicole. You left us peeping into those two bowls for the tzatziki, it's hiding a little. I love that. Makes you just want to get in there and spread it all around, all over those greens. :) ps. I ventured off again. I'm in sd, but I'll be back in a week or so!! Must catch up and eat some yummy stuff. And if you're down, yoga to balance it all? Anyways, such a great salad! love it.

  10. Tzatziki makes everything taste soooo good.



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