There’s nothing like cold soup on a hot day to cool and refresh you. If you’ve had your fill of gazpacho, why not try cacik (pronounced JAH-jek)? Like the popular Greek dip tzatziki, this Turkish soup is a wonderful combination of cucumber and yogurt enlivened with a hint of garlic. But while tzatziki’s thick consistency is perfect for dipping, cacik is ideal for spooning or slurping.
Prep time: 20 minutes to prepare; 2 hours to cool
2 cups whole Greek yogurt
4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 to 1 cup of cold water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine the yogurt, olive oil, cucumber, garlic and mint in a large bowl.
Add the water a little at a time while stirring until you achieve a soup-like consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 2 hours.
Nutrition information (per serving)
Using 4 Tbsp olive oil. Does not include added salt.