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To prepare

  1. In a small saucepan, make a marinade by combining the water, sugar and vinegar, and bringing to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, and add the red onions. The onion marinade should ideally be prepared in advance. It will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
  2. For the salad, mix the yogurt and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Add olive oil and garlic to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cucumber and mix well. Finish with the marinated onions and freshly chopped dill (with or without mint). Season as needed.

Salad with Quebec Cucumbers and Tzatziki-Style Dressing

Fresh and crunchy… All we could ever ask from a good salad. And if you combine it with a nice Greek-inspired tzatziki vinaigrette, it’s a real feast!

Author: Martin Juneau

Chef and co-owner of Pastaga restaurant in Montreal



  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) granulated white sugar
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) red wine vinegar
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced (in petals)
  • 125 ml (1/2 t) Oikos plain Greek yogurt
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) Greek olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 6 Lebanese cucumbers from Quebec, cut into thin wheels
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh dill, to taste (you can also combine it with fresh mint)
x 4

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