Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
This is a tzatziki recipe of a friend from Kefalonia in Greece. It's so simple- kids can help make it! So next time you see it at Costco, keep walking. Now you have an authentic recipe of your own! This sauce can be used as a mezze (Greek: appetizer) for dipping bread, or with meats, poultry, kefta- ANYTHING! Additionally, one more alternative of this recipe is to ommit the dill and oregano, and add about 1 Tbsp of freshly chopped mint. Very refreshing with The Parker's Tandoori Chicken recipe.
- 1 (5 1/3 ounce) Greek yogurt (Whole Foods carries it, as well as most major-chain grocery stores, just ask. As a LAST resort, use)
- 2⁄3 cup cucumber
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dill
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- Cut cucumber in half and spoon out the seeds. Take a grater, or shredder (whatever you have) and grate the cucumber. If you don't have either, give it a small dice.
- Squeeze all the excess water out of the cucumber, using paper towels or dish towels. Srinkle the salt over the cucumber to further dehydrate it.
- Finally, mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate. Can be made several hours ahead, or even a day.
This really does need the Greek yogurt to taste right. I tried it the first time using well drained (through a cheesecloth) American yogurt and it's still not the same. This is by far my favorite tzatziki sauce ever! I accidentally added the salt to the yogurt mix/spices instead of onto the cukes. Needed to add a little more lemon and yogurt because of it, but it adjusted easily. Used garlic powder (1/2 tsp) instead of the real deal so it blended better, and grated my cukes. Also used dried dill. Great stuff!
Very good! Only change I made was 2 tsp. lemon juice instead of a full tbs. I'm not sure if fresh squeezed is less tart than the bottle kind I used, but even 2 tsp. was pretty strong. I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing!
Greek yogurt is the way to go!