A delicious, traditional tzatziki recipe any lover of Greek food can't do without.
Regardless of whether it's served with warm, fresh pita, or with a plate of your favourite souvlaki, a delicious serving of tzatziki is almost mandatory for lovers of Greek food.
For anyone who has not experienced real tzatziki, it's a refreshing, cool dip made with thick, creamy Greek yogurt, fresh cucumber, and garlic. It is wonderful served alongside meats, or as a dip for vegetables, breads or crackers.
Tzatziki is naturally gluten-free, low in calories and saturated fats, and suitable for ovo-lacto vegetarians.
TIP: If you cannot find pressed yogurt, strain any plain Greek yogurt through cheese cloth, or a Greek yogurt maker as pictured to the right, to remove as much water as possible.
(Makes 16 servings | Serving size = 1/4 cup)
500g (~3, 1/2 cups) pressed plain Greek yogurt
1/2 an English cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 small cloves garlic, grated or pressed
Pinch of pepper
squeeze of lemon juice
In a mixing bowl, place pressed Greek yogurt.
Grate the seeded cucumber, and using a nut milk bag, paper towel, or tea towel, remove as much water as possible.
Combine the drained cucumber and all other ingredients with the yogurt and mix until incorporated well.
Adjust seasoning as needed.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 32 | total fat = 1.8g | saturated fat = 0.27g | cholesterol = 1.41mg | sodium = 157.28mg | carbohydrates = 1.34g | dietary fibre = 0.04g | sugars = 0.98g | protein = 2.77g