• Salt
  • 1 (10-oz) cucumber, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 small bunch of mint
  • 3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of piment d'Espelette or hot paprika
  • 4 thin slices whole-wheat or multigrain baguette, toasted


1. Generously salt the cucumber and marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.

2. Pick the mint and parsley leaves and chop. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.

3. In a colander, rinse and drain the cucumber.

4. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, mint, parsley, lemon juice, yogurt, and piment d'Espelette. Season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until cold (at least 1 hour). Serve with toasts.

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  • This is a traditional Greek dish that combines cucumber and yogurt. The ingredient piment d'Espelette is a French variety of mild ground chile.
  • Yield: Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 1 topped toast)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 76
Fat per serving: 3.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 2.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.1g
Protein per serving: 4g
Carbohydrate per serving: 9g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 5mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 102mg
Calcium per serving: 75mg

Good to Know

Keep the cucumber peel on if you'd like extra crunch. Tzatziki is also great over grilled fish or chicken.

This Recipe Is

Alain Ducasse Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good by Alain Ducasse, Paul Neyrat, and Christophe Saintagne (Rizzoli). Copyright 2012.