Tzatziki / Cucumber and Yogurt Dip
Tzatziki, is a dip found in the cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. It is made of yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme.
Preparation time: 40 minutes
(plus overnight draining time)
|1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded,
2 tsp. salt
2 c. plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt,
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. pepper
|1. Sprinkle grated cucumber with salt
and leave in a colander to drain for
30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine
yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon
juice, and pepper in a large bowl.
Cover and refrigerate while
2. Use your hands to squeeze
cucumber dry and stir gently into
*To seed a cucumber, slice the cucumber in half lengthwise. Hold the cucumber, cut
side up, with one hand while using a small spoon to scrape out seeds.
**To drain yogurt, place it in a strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth and placed over a bowl. Put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the yogurt from the strainer and discard the liquid in the bowl below.