Refreshing Jajeek Delight


Discover the refreshing flavors of Jajeek, a traditional Kurdish cucumber yogurt salad that’s both cooling and delicious. Perfect for a hot day, this salad combines crisp cucumbers with creamy yogurt, infused with a hint of garlic and mint, making it an ideal accompaniment to any meal or a delightful snack on its own.

Refreshing Jajeek Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 90 kcal
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugars: 7 g
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sodium: 70 mg


  • 2 medium cucumbers (about 300 grams / 10.5 ounces), finely diced
  • 500 grams (17.6 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried mint)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Cucumbers: Wash the cucumbers thoroughly. Peel if desired, and finely dice them.
  2. Mix the Yogurt: In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, minced garlic, and olive oil. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Add the diced cucumbers and chopped mint to the yogurt mixture. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Season: Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  5. Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve: Give the salad a final stir, then transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Freshness is Key: Use fresh, firm cucumbers for the best texture.
  • Garlic: Adjust the amount of garlic according to your preference. For a milder taste, use one clove instead of two.
  • Yogurt: Use full-fat yogurt for a creamier texture, but low-fat or Greek yogurt can also be used for a healthier option.
  • Mint: Fresh mint leaves provide a more vibrant flavor, but dried mint works well if fresh isn’t available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt?
  • Yes, Greek yogurt can be used for a thicker and creamier consistency.
Can I add other vegetables to this salad?
  • Absolutely! Diced tomatoes or grated carrots can be a great addition.
How long can I store Jajeek in the fridge?
  • Jajeek can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Is Jajeek suitable for a gluten-free diet?
  • Yes, Jajeek is naturally gluten-free.

Enjoy the cool, crisp taste of Jajeek, a delightful cucumber yogurt salad that brings a touch of Middle Eastern flair to your table. Whether you serve it as a side dish or enjoy it as a snack, Jajeek is sure to refresh and satisfy.