It's a shame when lovely original recipes are lost so quickly as soon as they cross the border. One clear example of this is Turkish cacik. When you order the original kebab bread roll in Turkey, it comes with this sauce made from yoghurt, cucumber, mint and garlic. Unfortunately, the sauce has been changed in the Netherlands into one made from Dutch chips sauce (type of mayonnaise) and garlic. The original sauce is fantastic and can be used at all levels of gastronomy, as a dip, as a sauce, as a dressing and even diluted as an ice-cold soup for summer. Greek tzatziki is pretty much the same.

Makes 500g.


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Turkish or Greek yoghurt



garlic, finely chopped



dill, finely chopped



mint, finely chopped

As needed:


lemon juice

As needed:


salt and pepper

Preparation method

  • Rinse the cucumber and remove the seeds. Leave the peel on. Finely chop in a blender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper. 

Serving suggestions

  • As a sauce to go with a variety of meat, fish and poultry components.
  • Diluted as a dressing over salads.
  • Further diluted as an ice-cold soup with components such as fried fruits de mer.

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