Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Cucumber Yogurt Dip - www.SweetDashofSass.comThis is a very healthy dip that is typically served with basmati rice and meat in Persian meals.   In Persian, it’s called Maast-o Khiar.  Growing up, my mom would always make this side dish to go with our Kabobs.  However, you can easily enjoy this with pita bread or crackers as well!

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Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 1 (17 oz) container of Greek Yogurt, such as Fage brand
  • 3 small Persian Cucumbers
  • ¾ tablespoon of dried mint
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, optional
  1. Empty container of yogurt into a small bowl. Whisk yogurt for 1-2 minutes to give a smooth consistency.
  2. Cut cucumbers into ¼ inch slices. Then, cut each slice into quarters. Add sliced cucumbers, mint, and salt to yogurt and mix.
  3. Best to refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors fully incorporate, but you can enjoy right away too!

Tip #1:  You can use regular cucumbers, but Persian or English Cucumbers are best!

What is a Persian Cucumber?

Persian Cucumbers are similar to English Cucumbers except they are smaller, around 5-6 inches.  They do not have a thick skin like regular cucumbers and they are seedless!  Plus, you do not need to peel the skin prior to eating!

Tip #2:  A very, healthy dip that goes great with pita bread and crackers.

Tip #3:  Refrigerate in a covered, tupperware container or bowl.  Always stir dip just before serving. 

Tip #4:  Other optional add-in ingredients are 1 diced shallot and/or 3 TBSP chopped walnuts.


  1. One of my absolute favorites! And one of the first recipes I posted to my blog ( . Recently, I’ve been inspired by the recipe on 101 Cookbooks ( and have begun adding rose water and olive oil to my Mast-o-Khiar and it’s been a really great way to mix it up! Every other time, however, I go back to the classic :)

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