Cacik is a Turkish cucumber yogurt side dish or sauce made from roughly chopped cucumbers, fresh lemon juice, and mint. It pairs well with kabobs, chicken, and bean dishes. Slather this condiment on buttery rice or even a hunk of juicy meat.
I probably make this cacik recipe once a week. It gets devoured immediately—followed by a nagging of when I will make some more again. The crisis!
Tips for making Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (cacik)?
There is no cooking required—just a lil chopping and dolloping
1.) First, chop the cucumber(s). There is no need to shred the cucumbers with a cheese grater as we are not making tzatziki). Lastly, I like to use Persian or English cucumbers. If you can only find the American ones, remove the skin and the seeds.
2.) Secondly, finely chop the mint as small as you can.
3.) Thirdly, zest and juice the lemon.
4.) Fourthly, I like to add the zest, lemon juice, mint, kosher salt, and pepper to the finely chopped cucumbers before adding the yogurt. This will help to really season those cucumbers well and help dissolve the salt.
Lastly, add the plain whole milk yogurt and mix very well.
Watch how to make Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (cacik) below.
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