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Cucumber Dip
From Melike Yildirim, Te┼čvikiye Istanbul, Turkey
As part of Virtual Chef Bites - Open House


• 2 cups thick yogurt
• 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
• 8 scallions, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint plus a little for garnish
• Salt and red pepper

Tip: To remove excess moisture from the cucumber, salt the diced cucumber generously and place in a colander. Let it drain for 45 minutes to an hour, then rinse and pat dry.


In a small bowl, beat the yogurt until smooth. Fold in the garlic and scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the mint, then add the cucumber. Garnish with a tablespoon of fresh chopped mint, if desired. Chill well before serving.

Serve with crusty bread or pita bread triangles and raw vegetables.

Makes about 3 cups.