Cacık - Refreshing Yoghurt & Cucumber Dip
Recipe type: Meze
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 2
Cacık is one of Turkey's most loved yoghurt recipes. Delicious as a thick, creamy dip or watered down as a refresher during and after meals.
  • 5-6 heaped dessert spoonfuls natural yoghurt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, centre removed and very finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 dessert spoonful olive oil plus one more to serve
  • ½ tsp dried mint plus a bit extra to garnish
  • 2 dessert spoonfuls water
  • Pinch of salt to season
  1. Add your yoghurt to a large bowl.
  2. Add a tiny splash of water to your yoghurt and stir vigorously until it is mixed.
  3. Keep adding the water a little at a time and stirring until your yoghurt is the thickness you want.
  4. Now add your olive oil and stir again until it is mixed and the yoghurt is smooth.
  5. Add your lemon juice and mix thoroughly.
  6. Now stir in your garlic and mint.
  7. Add your cucumber to the yoghurt dip and stir.
  8. Do a taste test and add a pinch of salt. You can also add more mint or lemon at this stage to suit your taste.
  9. Before serving, if you like, you can add a bit more dried mint to the surface of your cacık along with a drizzle of live oil
As with all of our recipes, the calorie count for our Turkish cacık recipe is approximate. Yours will differ depending on yoghurt brands and how much cacık you make.
If you can't get Turkish yoghurt where you live, Greek yoghurt is fine.
You can add as much or as little water as you like to make your cacık become a creamy yoghurt and cucumber dip or a refreshing cold 'soup.'
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 200
Recipe by Turkey's For Life at