Yogurt with Cucumber (Cacık)

During a hot summer day, Cacık is the perfect refreshing cold appetizer or a side dish or even a dip. This is another dish that comes from the Ottoman Empire era. Cacık is made up from yogurt, cucumbers and some spices. Some prefer it with a drizzle of olive oil. My recipe is very simple and not very spicy. However, feel free to try new things by adding different ingredients. Instead of cucumbers, you may add spinach or carrots or even broccoli in the winter.

4 cups plain yogurt
2 small cucumbers (chopped finely)
2 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
1 tbsp dried mint
Pinch of salt

Place the yogurt in a large bowl. Add the chopped cucumbers, garlic and salt. Mix well. Sprinkle with dried mint before serving. Enjoy cold.

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