Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Servings: 10

My love for Mediterranean food came from my Greek Yaya (grandmother), who handed this authentic tzatziki recipe down to me when I graduated from culinary school. While Yaya wasn’t fond of me printing it, she’s proud that a piece of our heritage can now be shared with the world! You can serve this tzatziki as a dip, a sauce, or as a side for grilled meats.



1 medium cucumber, grated
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon ground sumac



 1. Wrap the grated cucumber in a piece cheesecloth and squeeze to remove the excess moisture.
2. Combine the Greek yogurt and the grated cucumber in a medium bowl, mixing well.
3. Place the garlic and salt in a mortar and crush with a pestle until a paste forms.
4. Add the garlic paste, mint, dill, and lemon juice to the cucumber yogurt mixture, stirring to combine.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with the sumac. Serve with fresh vegetables, chips, or pita bread, if desired.


NUTRITION • per one serving • 

Calories 45 —
Total Fat 2.5 g 3%
Saturated Fat 1.1 g 6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g —
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g —
Trans Fat — 
Cholesterol 5 mg 2%
Sodium 260 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2%
Total Sugars 3 g —
Protein 2 g 4%
Vitamin A 42 mcg 4%
Vitamin C 76 mg 2%
Vitamin D 0.02 mcg —
Potassium 134 mg 2%
Calcium 95 mg 8%
Iron 0.5 mg 4%


This AMAZING Recipe can be found in my Intermittent Fasting and the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook here


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