This is a traditional Greek dish that combines cucumber and yogurt. The ingredient piment d'Espelette is a French variety of mild ground chile.


Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 1 topped toast)

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 76
Fat 3.2 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 9 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 102 mg
Calcium 75 mg


1 (10-oz) cucumber, seeded and finely diced
1 small bunch of mint
3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Pinch of piment d'Espelette or hot paprika
4 thin slices whole-wheat or multigrain baguette, toasted


1. Generously salt the cucumber and marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.

2. Pick the mint and parsley leaves and chop. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.

3. In a colander, rinse and drain the cucumber.

4. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, mint, parsley, lemon juice, yogurt, and piment d'Espelette. Season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until cold (at least 1 hour). Serve with toasts.

Alain Ducasse,

Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good by Alain Ducasse, Paul Neyrat, and Christophe Saintagne (Rizzoli). Copyright 2012.,


January 2013
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