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Lebanese Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Mint

This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad is made with a delicious plain yogurt and mint dressing. It’s healthy, refreshing and a tasty Mediterranean side dish.

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Summertime is my absolute favorite time of year! I’s warm out, we aren’t stuck inside and I believe it is the best time of year for seasonal food. One of those seasonal foods, that is easily grown in my area, is the cucumber.

Growing up, I wasn’t a fan for some reason, but now that I am an adult you will catch me eating them.

I am going to share a family recipe with you today with creamy cucumbers and a yogurt mint dressing. This cucumber yogurt salad was at nearly every family function that I can remember, and we had it around the house very often during summertime. It is cool, crisp and refreshing. And for those of you who don’t like dill, this is your recipe!

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What is Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad?

Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad is a creamy, refreshing and simple salad made with whole milk yogurt, cucumbers, and some simple spices. It is served cold either as a side dish, or as an accompaniment to other Lebanese meat dishes.

There are several different variations of the Middle Eastern cucumber salad, one very popular one is called Greek Tzatziki. However this Lebanese cucumber salad name is Khyar bi laban. It can be made as a stand alone side salad, by making the cucumbers into larger slices, or it can be used as a dip or spread, by cutting the cucumbers into small squares.

Either way is acceptable when eating this cucumber yogurt salad Lebanese style. I love to eat mine with larger slices during the hot summer months when cucumbers are in season.

How to make yogurt cucumber salad with mint

Start out by washing your cucumber and with a carrot peeler, peel the skin off so that it is striped. With a paring knife Cut the cucumber as thin as you want them and put them in a bowl.

sliced cucumbers for Lebanese cucumber salad

I did tweak this recipe a bit. The original recipes does not call for onions, but I add some red onions. I love onions and I believe that they compliment this salad excellently.

Slice up the onions and add them to the bowl. Add the yogurt, mint, garlic and salt, give it a stir and it’s all ready!

Should I use Greek yogurt for Mediterranean cucumber yogurt salad?

Just a note on yogurt. I use plain whole milk yogurt. I don’t use Greek yogurt (although you could if you wanted) because I feel that it is too thick. If you do end up using Greek yogurt for this Lebanese cucumber salad, you may end up needing to thin it out by adding some milk.

What is a Lebanese cucumber?

Lebanese cucumbers tend to be a smaller and slightly variety of cucumbers that have small seeds. They are very similar to seedless English cucumbers and are used in Lebanese and Middle Easter recipes.

Do I need to use a Lebanese Cucumber variety for this yogurt cucumber salad?

While it is traditional to use the variety of Lebanese cucumbers for this Arabic cucumber salad, it is ok to use a normal cucumber or a seedless English cucumber as a substitute for Lebanese cucumbers.

refrigerate any leftovers. You will enjoy this one!

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Lebanese cucumber and yogurt salad

Refreshing Cucumber Yogurt Salad

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cucumber
  • ¼ Red Onion optional
  • cup Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Mint
  • 1 teas Salt
  • ¾ teas Garlic Powder

Instructions
 

  • Peel and slice the cucumber into small rounds and put in a bowl
  • Slice the red onion and add it to the bowl
  • Add the yogurt and spices to the bowl and mix well
  • Serve and enjoy. Refrigerate any leftovers
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.
This Lebanese cucumber yogurt salad recipe is crisp, light and refreshing. It is fast, easy and healthy with a cool mint and yogurt dressing. This side salad recipe is perfect for the Mediterranean diet and contains no dill, no mayo, no sugar, no sour cream, no tomatoes.

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