This authentic tzatziki recipe comes from the Greek island of Paros. Tzatziki is a creamy Greek yogurt sauce with cucumbers and fresh garlic. It is a versatile sauce that is the perfect side to many Mediterranean dishes. You can also top your sandwiches with it, or just use it as a dip with warm pita and your favorite vegetables!
⅓ English cucumber, partially peeled (striped) and sliced
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
4 to 5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced (you can use less if you prefer)
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1 tsp. white vinegar
2 cups Greek yogurt
¼ tsp. ground white pepper
1. Grate the cucumbers in a food processor, then toss with ½ teaspoon of the salt. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer over a deep bowl to drain, about 10 minutes. Spoon the grated cucumber into a piece of cheesecloth or a double-thickness napkin and squeeze dry. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the garlic with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, the olive oil and the vinegar. Mix to combine evenly.
3. Add the grated cucumber to the large bowl with the garlic mixture. Stir in the yogurt and white pepper. Combine thoroughly, then cover tightly and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
4. When ready to serve, stir the tzatziki to refresh, and transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil, if desired. Add a side of warm pita bread and your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!
NUTRITION DATA FOR 1 SERVING
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 01g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Vitamin A 9% Daily Value
Vitamin C 11% Daily Value
Calcium 29% Daily Value
Iron 10% Daily Value
This AMAZING Recipe can be found in my Mediterranean Refresh Cookbook here