Lebanese Cucumber Salad

Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad

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This refreshing Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad is light, creamy, and incredibly easy to make. The perfect salad for potlucks or summer grilling.

Whether you grew up on it or are trying it for the first time, you’re sure to LOVE the flavor and different textures in this easy cucumber with yogurt salad!

 Kh’yar bi laban

Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad

This Lebanese cucumber Yogurt Salad, also known as Khyar bi laban wins best in show, every time. Made with Greek yogurt, combined with cucumber, and garlic, then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with dried mint. It’s just… divine. I love to serve it with many Lebanese dishes, including: Chicken Bulgur Pilaf, Baked Kibbeh, Lebanese Chicken and Rice & Lebanese Steak Shish Kabob.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Ingredients:

Detailed ingredient list and directions located in the recipe card below.

If you’ve ever made or tried tzatziki sauce, this creamy yogurt mint cucumber salad uses very similar ingredients. The only difference is that we’ll be slicing the cucumber rather than grating it up into tiny pieces and it uses dried or fresh mint rather than dill. The cucumber is the focus of this recipe, and the garlic yogurt sauce is used as a dressing! Here is what you’ll need:

Greek Yogurt: The dressing base of this Middle Eastern cucumber salad. Low or full fat, unflavored yogurt. You can also use any other type of plain yogurt. I prefer to use a full-fat variety for the extra creaminess and flavor.

Dried Mint: This Lebanese salad is always made with dried mint, but can be substituted for fresh mint in a pinch. 

Garlic: One minced clove! 

Salt: To taste

Cucumber: I love using seedless mini cucumbers also known as Lebanese cucumbers in this recipe, but you can also use English cucumbers if you’d like.

Olive Oil: A little bit adds to the creaminess and brings the dressing together.

creamy cucumber and yogurt salad

How to Make Cucumber with Yogurt Salad:

  • Slice: Chop the cucumbers into medium size pieces.
  • Make Dressing: In a medium bowl, stir together the crushed garlic, yogurt, water, dried mint and salt.
  • Mix Together: Add the chopped cucumber to the dressing. Toss to combine.
  • Serve or Chill: Serve immediately or refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  • And enjoy!
Lebanese Tzatziki  recipe
How to make creamy yogurt salad dressing

Kitchen Tools you’ll Need:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can it be made ahead of time?

Once mixed, this salad is best served immediately or within 30 minutes of tossing together. To prep ahead, mix the dressing and store it in a separate container from the chopped cucumbers. Then just toss everything together once ready to serve.

Do you peel cucumbers for salad?

If the skin of the cucumbers is thin, I don’t usually peel it.

How long does this salad keep?

Generally, this Lebanese salad should be fine for up to 3 days in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. Some of the water may separate, but you can just stir it back in before serving. Although it is best enjoyed fresh.

Lebanese Cucumber Salad

More Lebanese Salads to Try:

Lebanese Cabbage Salad

Red Lentil Tabouli Salad

Fattoush Salad

You’ll love this quick and easy Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad- Khyar bi laban, that you can whip it up in 10 minutes! It’s a great summer salad option that pairs well with grilled dishes. Also delicious any time of year as a refreshing side dish served alongside many Lebanese and Mediterranean feasts!

Let me know if you try this Creamy Cucumber Salad! Leave me a comment below.  

Lebanese Cucumber Salad

Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This refreshing Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Salad is light, creamy, and incredibly easy to make. The perfect salad for potlucks, or summer grilling.

Ingredients

  • 4 Lebanese cucumbers- or half English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • ¾ teaspoon salt more to taste
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove- crushed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

    1. Chop the cucumbers into a medium sized slices and set aside.
    2. Prepare the garlic yogurt dressing: In a medium sized bowl, add crushed garlic clove and salt.
    3. Add yogurt and thin with little water. whisk well with the crushed garlic until the yogurt is creamy.
    4. Add the chopped cucumbers and mix well.
    5. Sprinkle with dried mint and drizzle with olive oil.
    6. Serve and enjoy!
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

    Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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