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Mum's Cucumber & Yogurt Salad

Mum used to make this for my family for as long as I can remember. And I think, given that I was a really skinny and scrawny child, she was overjoyed that there was something I would willingly eat in abundance. I remember her giving me crunch pita bread and a whole Tupperware box of this stuff, and id just dip and gobble it up in front of the TV. Now a chick in my 30s, this salad is the stuff I make whether or not I’m out of ideas for lunch or a dish party or when someone visits. It comes together in no time, and if your yogurt is a good brand, it should live for a week in your fridge. Yum! No salt required so sit back and don’t worry about your sodium intake ;)

So, aside from scooping it up with crackers and crunchy bread and so on, it’s great with any dish you serve with rice. Don’t hold back!


  • 3 large cucumbers, washed (peeling is an option. I just leave the skins on for extra color and crunch – and for the chlorophyll!)

  • 1 ¼ cups plain yogurt (that’s about 3 small tubs)

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon powdered mint (optional)

  • Drizzle of olive oil


  • Grate cucumbers into a bowl. Scoop them all into one bundle and with your hand, press down hard and tilt, squeezing the liquid out of the cucumbers into the sink. Cucumbers should be slightly damp.

  • In the same bowl, add yogurt, garlic, cumin, pepper, and mint (if you’re using it) and mix with a spoon until combined

  • Dish into your serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with a pinch of cumin. Enjoy!

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