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Belinda Harley's Cucumber, Mint and Dill Mousse

View all recipes Published | September 2014

Taken from Belinda's Book - Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves

Here tzatziki, the perennial Greek appetiser, is made without garlic – and turned into a light, delicate, fresh herb mousse.  Lovely as part of a medley for vegetarians; and especially good as a starter, with a slice of smoked salmon.


Makes about 6 slices


  • ½  cucumber
  • 5 gelatine leaves
  • 400g Tims Dairy Greek Style Natural Yogurt
  • handful of mint leaves, very finely chopped
  • 1 dessertspoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill, plus a few fronds to garnish
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • squeeze of lemon juice or a
  • splash of white wine vinegar
  • sea salt and black pepper

Grate the cucumber and leave it for half an hour, lightly salted, in a sieve over a bowl, pressing down occasionally with the back of a wooden spoon to remove the juices. Squeeze out any remaining water before using. 

Place the gelatine in a glass with water to soften (follow pack instructions). When soft, heat in a small saucepan with a littlewater until dissolved.

Put the yogurt with all the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, season to taste and fork it through to mix thoroughly. Add in the gelatine and mix further; pour this into a small tin, dariole or jelly mould – I use a miniature loaf tin – and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, carefully immerse the tin or mould in hot water, taking care that it does not seep over the rim, and after a few seconds it should loosen so that you can turn it out onto a plate. Garnish with fronds of dill.

Recipe from Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves by Belinda Harley (Hardie Grant, £25.00)

Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

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