Cacik (chilled yogurt cucumber soup)

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.

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes to prepare; 2 hours to cool

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
  • Calories: 148
  • Total Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 8 mg
  • Sodium: 24 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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