Tzatziki recipe - Authentic Greek tzatziki dip recipeLearn how to make traditional tzatziki recipe based on cucumber and Greek yoghurt. Ideal dip or side salad for your grilled meat or vegetables
Greek tzatziki recipe
Tzatziki is undoubtedly Greece’s most famous appetiser. It is a very versatile dip and can be served with crusty bread or warm pita, with chargrilled seafood, barbecued meats and is particularly delicious with lamb.
1/2 kilo thick Greek
3-4 large cloves of
1 level tsp salt
1 tbs vinegar
1 large cucumber
3/4 cup extra virgin olive
Peel the cloves of garlic,
cut them in half, and remove the green sprout that you will find in
the heart of the cloves.
Crush the cloves and place
the pulp in a mortar.
Add the salt and mash with
the pestle until you get a nice paste.
DO NOT peel the
cucumber. Cut lengthwise in half, and then each half again
Using a spoon, scrape off
the seeds of each quarter. You will be left with 4
"boats". Grate them, let them strain, and squeeze any excess
Combine the yoghurt and
strained cucumber in a large bowl, mix well.
The cucumber's secret: The
reason we do not peel the cucumber is because all the nutrients are
contained in the skin, as well as adding a nice colour to the
We remove the seeds and
grate just the flesh with the peel. In this way we make sure that
the tzatziki will not be too watery.
The garlic's secret: By
removing the green sprout from the garlic clove you avoid bad
breath. Crush the garlic cloves finely so that you get a better
distribution of flavour in every spoonful of tzatziki.