Refreshing and zesty, this Spiraled Cucumber Yogurt Salad is made with 6 simple ingredients for a delicious side dish, condiment, or appetizer. Low-carb, gluten-free, nut-free, and delicious, it’s not only nutritious but fits a variety of dietary needs!
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Why You’ll Love This Spiraled Cucumber Yogurt Salad
Think healthy recipes have to be boring and bland? Think again! A game-changing recipe, this cucumber yogurt salad is:
- Made with simple, nutritious, budget-friendly ingredients.
- Full of nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats.
- Made in minutes.
- Great for serving as a snack, side dish, or adding to your favorite meals.
Ingredients You’ll Need
One of the great things about this spiraled cucumber yogurt salad is that it comes together with ingredients you likely already have on hand or can easily find at the store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Yogurt – This forms the base of the spread that is used to top the cucumbers. For the boldest flavor and creamiest texture, we recommend using full-fat, plain Greek yogurt, but any plain yogurt will do.
- Flavor Enhancers – Garlic cloves, fresh dill, and crushed red pepper create a savory flavor with the perfect combination of freshness and spice.
- Olive Oil – This thins out the yogurt making it sauce-like while adding a boost of healthy fats. We recommend using light olive oil as it has a neutral flavor, but whatever you have on hand is great.
- Cucumber – Use small cucumbers for easy spiraling and individual portions.
How to Make Spiraled Cucumber Yogurt Salad
This cucumber yogurt salad looks fancy and hard to make. However, once you have the cucumbers sliced, it’s super easy!
- Prepare the Cucumbers. Wash the cucumbers, and slice off both ends. Then slice them into spirals by making small diagonal cuts down both sides, and soak them in salt.
- Create the Sauce. Whisk all of the ingredients for the yogurt sauce together in a small bowl.
- Coat the Cucumbers. Dip, dunk, or drizzle the cucumbers with the yogurt sauce, and enjoy!
Add-Ins and Variations
Feel free to experiment with this recipe to make it your own. For example, some of our favorite add-ins and variations include:
- Slicing. For a quicker recipe, slice the cucumber into slices instead.
- Adding Veggies. Include extra vegetables like sliced onions or radishes.
- Using Sugar. If you prefer a sweeter recipe, include a pinch of sugar to offset some of the tanginess of the yogurt.
- Switch Up the Flavor. Mix and match different herbs and spices like parsley, chives, or mint to create a different flavor profile that’s just as tasty.
We love to serve this spiraled cucumber yogurt salad on its own as a snack. However, it also makes for a great appetizer, side dish, or condiment! For example, some of our favorite pairings include:
- Beef kofta or chicken kofta
- In wraps with pita bread
- With lentil salads or quinoa salad
- Alongside Moroccan tomato soup or Egyptian lentil soup
Cucumber Yogurt Salad Common Questions
Don’t skip salting the cucumbers! This helps draw out extra moisture. In addition, if you plan on slicing them ahead of time, wrap each sliced cucumber in a paper towel. Then, transfer them to a sealable bag or airtight container, and store them in the fridge.
Nope! The peel helps them hold their shape and adds extra fiber.
Yes, transfer your cucumber yogurt salad to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Or, prepare the yogurt sauce ahead of time, and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
More Ways to Use Cucumber
Have leftover cucumbers? Use them up with these great recipes!
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad
- Chickpea Cucumber Feta Salad
- Chickpea and Cucumber Tahini Salad
Cucumber Yogurt Salad Recipe
- 6-8 small cucumbers
- ⅓ cup plain yogurt
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons fresh dill chopped
- Optional: crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- Wash and dry the cucumbers. Chop off both ends.
- Place a cucumber on a cutting board between two chopsticks. Make diagonal slices down both sides. Repeat until all the cucumbers have been sliced.
- Sprinkle salt over the cucumbers, and let them soak for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and strain.
- In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, fresh dill, and red pepper flakes.
- Coat the cucumbers with the mixture, and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.