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Cucumber Smoothies

Total time 15 mins

Serves 4

Yogurt drinks are popular across the Middle East and South Asia. We like ours with puréed cucumber and herbs, plus a spritz of club soda. If the cucumber peels and seeds are tender, they don't need to be removed.


  • 2 cups cold plain yogurt (nonfat, low-fat, or whole-milk)
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cold cucumbers (any variety), plus 4 slices
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons packed coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons packed coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons packed coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • About 1 1/2 cups cold club soda or sparkling water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 65
  • caloriesfromfat 1.5 %
  • protein 5.6 g
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • sodium 373 mg
  • cholesterol 2.5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Whirl yogurt, chopped cucumbers, herbs, lemon juice, 3/4 cup ice cubes, and the salt in a blender until smooth.

  2. Pour cucumber purée into 4 tall glasses (12-oz. size). Fill glasses with club soda and stir. Add more ice if you like, and garnish with cucumber slices.

  3. Make ahead: Through step 1, up to 4 hours, chilled airtight; stir before using.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving using nonfat yogurt.