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Turkish Cacik

A cool, refreshing addition to any Middle Eastern meal.

Along with the Mercimek Koftesi (Lentil Balls) for our Turkish themed Supper Club dinner, we brought this delicious yogurt side dish.

Turkish Cacik: a cool, refreshing addition to any Middle Eastern meal.

I’ve always been a fan of cooling yogurt side dishes with Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. They make such a nice, refreshing accompaniment.

When I made this one for our Supper Club, I doubled the recipe, figuring I’d eat about half of it just on my own.

It was a big hit at the dinner table. The cucumber and walnuts give it a really great texture, and the fresh dill livens it up. It had just the right amount of garlic, and the sprinkle of red pepper flakes on top added a bit of a kick.

Turkish Cacik: a cool, refreshing addition to any Middle Eastern meal.

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts (to give crunchy taste)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, (minced in salt)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • crushed red pepper, as a garnish
  • whole walnuts, as a garnish

See The Kitchn for the full recipe.

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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