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Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad)

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad)


Tzatziki is a Greek meze or appetizer that is made from strained yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Optional ingredients include herbs such as dill, mint and or parsley and lemon juice is also common. If you are feeling daring you can even hit it up with a splash of ouzo. In addition to being served as an appetizer it makes a great condiment especially when served in gyros or with souvlaki.

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad)

(makes 4 appetizer sized servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or strained yogurt
1/2 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded, and shredded, squeezed and drained)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or mint (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 splash ouzo (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Mix everything and let chill in the fridge for an hour or more to let the flavours mingle.

Similar Recipes:
Melitzanosalata (Eggplant Salad)
Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad
Htipiti (Greek Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Dip)
Cucumber and Feta Rolls

Use tzatziki in:
Lamb Souvlaki
Greek Meatballs (Keftedes) in a Pita with Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki
Ntomatokeftedes (Greek Tomato and Feta Fritters) with Tzatziki
Kolokythokeftedes (Zucchini and Feta Balls)
Pumpkin and Feta Fritters
Greek Style Pulled Lamb Pitas
Greek Style Pulled Lamb Fries
'Souvlaki' Chicken Salad Sandwich with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta
Gyro Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka Gyro Melt)
Chicken Souvlaki Salad
Chicken Gyro Grilled Cheese (aka The Gyro Melt)

9 comments:

Peter M said...

Hi Kevin, I'm a fellow Torontonian (& Greek) and I tripped upon your site from WHB. My site is Kalofagas and my email is also there. I'd love to share ideas with you and pick your brain of course!

I hope to hear from you,

Peter
PS. The Tzatziki looks quite good...I can offer some fine-tuning for you, if you like.

Kevin said...

Hey Peter I would also like to share ideas. I took a look at your food blog (It looks pretty good.) but I could not find your email. I look forward to seeing more Greek recipes on your blog.

Please let me know what your tips are for Tzatziki!

lili said...

Hi Kevin, If you can find the thicker Greek yogurt (like the brand Fage, which we get down here in Chicago), you'll be able to get a creamier textured Tzatziki. Enjoy! lili

Kevin said...

I have been looking for Greek yogurt but I have been unable to find any as of yet. I will have to try harder.

Antonio Tahhan said...

Hi Kevin! I've recently been on a tzatziki craze.. this sauce is one of my favorites!!

Janulka said...

Hi Kevin, your tzatziki does not look bad at all, just imagine, that it needs practice to get it as smoot as possible. I agree that you need to use a greek yoghurt - it is much thicker and I prefer my tzatziki to be as smooth as possible (try it, you will enjoy it that way).. it means, shred your cucumber as small pieces as possible and seed well (to seed - to get out all the water of the cucumber) is the mystic detail to enjoy tzatziki. Bravo!

Mathias said...

Try putting just a bit of Olive Oil in,

Clive and Dawn said...

how do you squeeze and drain a cucumber?

Kevin said...

Clive and Dawn: I just use my hands a squeeze the grated cucumber but a tea towel would also work.

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