TZATZIKI (dzadziki) is a classic meze in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey and it is used to accompany warm bread or to be served alongside grilled meats and salads. Assembled from just a handful of ingredients and requires no cooking, the perfect tzatziki recipe calls for a little time.
The following Authentic Greek Tzatziki Recipe consists of Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint or dill. Tzatziki makes a very nice condiment for gyros or kebabs, goes very well with pork or lamb and could be served as a nice dip with pita bread triangles.
- 1 ½ cups plain full- fat Greek yogurt
- ½ a large cucumber, unpeeled or half peeled (peel is rich in fiber and vitamins, but, has a bitter taste)
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp minced fresh dill
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
An essential step is removing the liquid from the grated cucumber to prevent the yogurt from becoming diluted and thin.
- Grate the cucumber and put into a sieve suspended over a bowl, sprinkle over 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix through. Place a plate on top of cucumber and allow cucumber to drain for approximately 1 hour. If you’re in a rush, you can use your hands to squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber.
- Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- The flavors combine better if given time so I prefer to leave it in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight.
Serve it decorated with:
- 1 olive, olive oil, dill or parsley