This may have a funny name but it is the most simple yogurt dip recipe and perfect for a lunch time or afternoon snack. I have half a cucumber left in my fridge after a cooking class last week and wondered what to do with it.

Cucumbers are great for healthy eating coming into the summer. They are a mostly made up of water and are good to cool you down during the hot weather. However, they contain a good amount of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and caffeic acid, which have been shown to prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.




  • ½ cucumber, peeled and finely diced
  • 150g/5oz thick Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place ingredients (except cucumbers) in a bowl and mix well. Stir through the cucumbers gently and serve on some toasted pitta and a fresh salad.
  2. Wheat free, gluten free, sugar free

Other suggestions for healthy snacks include:

As a afternoon snack with chopped vegetables
As a morning snack on oatcakes or crackers
As a spread in your favourite sandwich – as a filler or instead of butter and mayo
As a topping to a  fresh salad

My optimal Self Care Food Plan restores love and balance to your meal times.


  1. water-retention-lady

    Hi Lucy, that’s a great recipe. The crushed garlic is good too for helping to keep the intestines healthy. I use yoghurt mixes like this to dollop on rice pilaff or pilau dishes, or they are great as a topping for casseroles too.

    I think you’re right that cucumbers do help to release water retention. Cucumber juice is good in the warm weather and can be mixed with other more concentrated vegetable juices.

    • Lucy

      Great Linda
      Glad you liked them. I came up with another dip last night while playing in the kitchen – I’ll post it today or tomorrow. I agree that it is so easy to add them as a topping on rice dishes, casseroles or even soups. I think at this time of year they are a perfect healthy eating addition to salads!!! thanks again, Lucy Hyland


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