Cucumber Salad with Chiles and Yogurt

Preparation info
  • Makes


    Side-Dish Servings
    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 2007

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Many of us have encountered this salad, made with yogurt and mint, in Indian restaurants, where it is called raita. If you make it with crème fraîche instead of yogurt, it can stand alone as a first course. If you make it with yogurt, it is best with other crudités.


  • 2 cups whole-milk plain yogurt or 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 4 regular cucumbers or


If using yogurt, scoop it into a strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter, place over a bowl, and let drain for at least 2 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator.

Scrape out the seeds from the cucumber halves with a spoon, then slice the halves crosswise into crescents about ¼ inch