Recipe: Cucumber Yogurt Salad | Salatet Zabady bil ajur

A cucumber salad is a thing of beauty. It cools, it refreshes, and it provides important nutrition thanks to a happy scoop of yogurt and tons of fiber from the cucumber (not to mention garlic’s anti-vampire qualities). While cucumber salads span the globe in one form or another, this version is popular through the Middle East, western Asia, and even parts of Europe (with minor variations).

In Sudan, this salad can be enjoyed on it’s own, as a dip* or on the side of spiced meats, like grilled kofta [recipe].

All you need is a love for yogurt and garlic, and you’ll be on your way.

Serves 4


2 cucumbers, peeled & cubed
1 1/2 cups yogurt
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt & pepper


Mix cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, and seasonings.

Plenty of salt and pepper really make this salad shine.

*In Sudan cucumber salads are traditionally served as a dip with lettuce leaves and even sliced vegetables (like peppers). If you go this route, consider dicing the cucumber smaller, to make it easier to scoop up.

Enjoy with love and light in your heart.

Happy Friday, friends!

P.S. I’m curious, what are some of your favorite ways to enjoy yogurt?  I’ll always love the Greek way… yum.

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  1. The salad is great, but the two photos of you steal the show…. big time!


  2. These photos of you and Ava made me smile!

  3. aunty eileen says:


  4. aunty eileen says:

    Cucumbers and sour cream was one of my favorites growing up. I don’t think we had yogurt back then or if there was, some parents probably couldn’t afford it… strict $20.00 a week for food for 5 people. My mom made it in such a special way… she would slice very thin and then squeeze juice of cucumber out as much as she could… and then I forget what happened next (I think just mixed in the sour cream). way too many years ago for me to remember. I just put sour cream or yogurt and let marinate and I enjoy.. but there was something the way she made them that really was ‘simply’ fabulous. USA

    • aunty eileen says:

      oh, I think she sprinkled the thin slices with some salt (letting sit for bit) for helping to get out the juice when squeezing. In fact, I don’t like with yogurt… I like only with sour cream.

  5. I like plain Greek yogurt without any toppings. Sometimes I add jam.

  6. Eileen R says:

    I am definitely trying this one!

  7. elisa waller says:

    i love museli….and I love u’s… <3

  8. My kind of a salad:)

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