If I could put tzatziki in a glass, I would drink it. Tangy, creamy, garlicky, cooling lemony goodness, I cannot get enough of you. And you won’t believe how easy it comes together. In fact, you might have all the ingredients in your fridge right now…wait for me!
16 ounces Greek yogurt
1 seedless or large seeded cucumber, grated and drained well
1-2 TBs garlic, grated (about two large cloves)
1 TB olive oil
1 TB vinegar, white wine or champagne
2 TBs lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
fresh dill and mint
Gather your ingredients and a few smaller and one large bowl. Begin by grating the cucumber – if you don’t have a seedless cuke, cut around the seeds. You’ll need to use a sieve or cheesecloth to drain the cucumber because it is soaking wet! You will end up squeezing a lot of excess water out of one cuke! Set aside in a smaller bowl. (Note: Save the cucumber water to flavor a pitcher of water!) Grate the garlic and add to the cucumber. Depending on how much garlic you like, add 1-2 tablespoons.
The yogurt may have liquid on top – pour this out. If you want a very thick tzatziki, feel free to also put the yogurt through a sieve/cheesecloth. (Note: This does thicken a bit as it settles.) Pour the yogurt into the large bowl and add the cucumber/garlic mixture and lemon juice. Stir together with a whisk. Add the olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper – this doesn’t need a ton of seasoning with all these big flavors so only add a bit to start.
Now the herbs! Most tzatziki recipes call for dill but I’ve seen a few recipes with mint. I just bought a Spanish mint plant (hello mojitos!) and thought it would be an excellent accompaniment to this dish so I used two large leaves torn into tiny pieces. There is nothing like fresh herbs! Mince about one tablespoon and add to the bowl. Make sure to reserve a lovely sprig for the finished product!
Again, I could drink tzatziki if it would go through a straw… It’s great with sandwiches or stuffed into pita pockets with falafel. Serve with fancy chips and/or crudités for a party or simply hoard the entire bowl for yourself. It’s so versatile! Ha! And I did see Greek yogurt made out of coconut milk if you would like to try to make this vegan. I just might try it for the next batch… Enjoy!