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Authentic Greek Tzatziki

By Athina F on 24th Jun, 2016

Authentic Greek Tzatziki


  1. Peel the cucumber and cut it lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Grate the cucumber coarsely. Put the gratings in a bowl and add salt and possibly a little vinegar, to get rid of the water. Leave on the side.
  2. Meanwhile, add the yoghurt in another bowl and add the pressed or very finely chopped garlic, olive oil and potentially vinegar. Mix until it's all come together nicely.
  3. Press out as much of the water from the cucumber gratings as you can with your hands. You can also use a clean kitchen towel to wring out the last water. This step is must, otherwise your tzatziki will be watery. Add the cucumber to the yoghurt mix.
  4. Add pepper to taste and some finely chopped dill. Put in the fridge and whip it out when you're ready to serve it. 
  5. Enjoy! smile

Recipe Notes

  • Try making it the day before - the longer it sits the more deliciously garlicky it tastes!
  • Serve it as a dip with breadsticks or a fresh loaf of traditional greek bread or as a side with your steak, greek meatballs burgers or oven roast veg. 
  • Garnish it with an olive in the middle and some virgin olive oil. 
yoghurt  / vegetarian  / starter  / side  / quick  / greek  / dip
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