Turkish Cacik (Yogurt and Cucumber Dip)

Cucumber yogurt dip
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
60 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 213mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you find yourself in Turkey, or just enjoying the atmosphere in a Turkish restaurant, you're basically guaranteed to encounter a dip called cacik. Likewise, when you travel to Greece or to your favorite Greek restaurant, a similar dish called tzatziki will be presented. Whatever it's called wherever you happen to find yourself, you should definitely try it.

Americans have become more familiar with the term tzatziki, and some of the large dip manufacturers have lines of tzatziki and other Greek yogurt sauces available for sale in supermarkets. But the homemade version is very easy to make and brings a refreshing flavor to so many dishes.

In the Middle East, you will frequently find plain yogurt and cucumber mixtures on all the hotel breakfast buffets. It's cool and crisp and perfect for summer in a hot climate. Proper tzatziki sauces, with grated cucumbers, garlic and lots of fresh dills are served in restaurants as appetizers or alongside chicken dishes.

Cacik can usually be found on the menus of Turkish/Mediterranean restaurants that specialize in small plates. Spanish restaurants call them tapas but the Turkish term is mezze which would describe an appetizer or small dish recipe. The concept allows you to sample lots of different things without necessarily having to commit to one dish and a plate of cacik/tzatziki will be right at the top of the menu. Wonderfully thick and creamy, likely strained, and perfect for dipping hunks of pita or flatbread into, this sauce is a treat.


  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and grated

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • Salt, to taste

  • 16 ounces plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint or dill

  • Drizzle of olive oil, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the grated cucumbers and minced garlic. Add salt to taste.

  3. Mix in the yogurt with a wooden spoon, and transfer to a serving bowl.

  4. Garnish with the mint or dill, and drizzle olive oil on top. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.