Classic Cacik- Yogurt, Mint & Cucumber Salad

Classic Cacik, Jackie Arnett
Classic Cacik, Jackie Arnett

Whenever I see fresh mint and cucumbers in my summer garden in Long Island, I immediately get inspired to make classic cacik, a popular Turkish summertime dish. Cacik is a yogurt and cucumber concoction with mint leaves, garlic, yogurt, cucumbers, olive oil and salt. Its such a perfect food for summer…refreshing yogurt, cool mint and water-rich cucumbers. Its also a very simple snack especially if you are looking to lose some weight this summer. You can safely eat it as a replacement for lunch with its protein, fiber and energy content. Cacik is also great with chicken! Enjoy classic cacik and enjoy your summer :) 1 cup organic low-whole fat yogurt (you need some fat for the Vitamin D to absorb since it is a fat soluble vitamin although the olive oil provides some as well) 1 medium cucumber cut into cubes with skin 1 garlic, minced 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, cut thinly 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt

1) Cut the cucumber into cubes by cutting the cucumber vertically into 4 strips. 2) In a bowl, add the yogurt, cucumbers, garlic (minced), mint leaves and salt 3) Garnish with more mint (not just for décor but for eating too, full of antioxidants) and enjoy!

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