Cacik (Turkish Yogurt Sauce)

Yogurt and cucumber cacik in a white ceramic bowl, drizzled with olive oil and topped with chopped cucumber and halved cherry.

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A super refreshing yogurt dip with cucumber and dried mint called cacik. Perfect to serve with meat dishes and vegetarian dishes.


  • 1 cup strained yogurt (or 1 and 1/2 cups homemade yogurt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 clove garlic,mashed
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers

Optional Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. In a large bowl whisk together yogurt, salt and dried mint.
  2. Pour cold water into it and mix well.
  3. Add in mashed garlic, mix well.
  4. Add in chopped cucumbers and give it a good stir until everything is combined.
  5. Share it into small bowls.

For the optional topping:

  1. Drizzle olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle dried mint, sumac and red pepper flakes.
  3. Serve cold.


  • You can use strained yogurt for a thicker dip and plain regular yogurt for a thinner dip. You will need a little more water to dilute strained yogurt if you want a soup like consistency. No need for water if you are happy with a thick result. The consistency really depends on your preference.

  • There is no need to peel cucumbers or to remove the seeds inside. They are not bothering at all.

  • If you want to make it vegan, use your favorite plat-based yogurt. Just make sure it is not flavored.

  • You can always taste and adjust the amount of salt or garlic. Make sure you mix it well if you make any additions.

  • Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Give it a good stir before serving. you can add more yogurt and/or cucumbers if needed.