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Amazing Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt

Creamy Zucchini Yogurt with sautéed zucchini, mint, and the perfect amount of garlic. Serve alongside any of your favorite Mediterranean meals.

Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt

A few years ago, I traveled to Turkey with the family. It was Ramadan between the months of May and June. Fasting was quite difficult. It was hot and there was no air conditioning.

Despite these circumstances, I was always looking forward to Iftar (when one breaks their fast). I ate tasty homemade meals from my Anne (mother-in-law), and somedays we traveled to a city outside of Istanbul called Kocaeli, Izmit, which is where my sister-in-law resides.

Once again, it was that time when we all gathered around the table for iftar, and there it was, a bowl of this Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt on the table. To summarize, I had a plate of meat, veggies, and a generous scoop of this yogurt side dish served alongside. I fell in love with it.

I tasted with all my senses, took some notes, and replicated the dish as best I could once I got back to the states. It turned out so yummy!

Healthy Zucchini Yogurt

Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt Ingredients

Nevertheless, here are the main ingredients you will need. This does not include garnishes, salt, and pepper.

Olive OilAlways use a great quality cold-pressed olive oil, none of that processed light olive oil business
Shredded ZucchiniLeave the skin on and shred the zucchini with a cheese grater. You will need one cup ( that’s about one medium-size zucchini).
MintYou may use fresh mint or dried mint. I usually use dried mint since I always have some in my pantry.
GarlicFeel free to use fresh garlic or garlic powder. Again, whatever you have on hand.
LemonThe lemon will help add a pucker and the perfect amount of freshness. If you want a really nice lemon flavor, add the zest of the lemon.
YogurtMy favorite yogurt that I always use is whole milk plain. If you use zero fat, it will not be as creamy.

How to Serve Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt

Serve the zucchini yogurt as a side dish. However, there are endless ways to enjoy it.

  • Dollop on top of gyros or in Turkey it’s called durum.
  • Smear it in an American-style sandwich.
  • Eat it with a big bowl of buttery rice or quinoa.
  • Dip thick pita wedges into it.

I am so excited for you to try this recipe! ♡

yogurt and lamb meatballs on a plate

By the way, this time around, I made juicy lamb meatballs as the dipping vehicles. These were quite fun to eat.

More Mediterranean Recipe You Will Love

Read the recipe from start to finish. You will better understand the flow of the recipe and identify any unfamiliar words or methods.

Shop for the ingredients beforehand. When you shop ahead, you are less likely to swap out ingredients for what you don’t have, thus creating a complete recipe fail.

Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to leave a comment below and an honest rating. ♡

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garlicky zucchini yogurt

Garlicky Zucchini Yogurt

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10-20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Creamy Zucchini Yogurt with sautéed zucchini, mint, and the perfect amount of garlic. Serve alongside any of your favorite Mediterranean meals.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, skin on (about one zucchini)
  • 1 clove of garlic minced, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 10 mint leaves, finely chopped, or 1/2 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp sea salt (divided)*
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup yogurt, whole milk
  • A squeeze of lemon juice, optional


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, drizzle in the olive, add the zucchini, garlic, mint, salt, and pepper. Sautee until the zucchini has softened and has become translucent. 

When ready, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Next, add the yogurt, lemon juice (if using), and the other half of sea salt. Give a generous mix. 

Enjoy right away. 


Sea salt: half the sea salt will go in with the zucchini while sauteeing and the other half will be added after combining the zucchini and yogurt together. 

How long does this zucchini yogurt last? Store in an air-tight container for up to three days. 

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American-Turkish

Keywords: zucchini yogurt, healthy yogurt dip, zucchini yogurt dip

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