Tzatziki is a quintessential Greek sauce that pairs well with just about anything.
Bursting with tantalizing garlic and a fresh lemony aroma, it’s perfect served as a dip for crudités or as a topping for grilled meats. Or with roasted potatoes. Or with pita chips… The list goes on! In fact, my favourite quick lunch is a bit of tzatziki smeared onto a piece of toasted bread (topped with sliced vegetables, if I have the time/energy). It’s versatile, timeless, and you can easily whip it up in 10 minutes!
One big key is ringing out the grated cucumber in a wad of paper towels (or a tea towel you don’t mind dirtying).
Cucumbers are almost entirely made up of water, so go figure – when you grate them, you’re left with a huge puddle of water and far less actual cucumber than you started with. Adding lemon juice to the Greek yogurt will already thin it out, so you don’t want any additional liquid, or you’ll be left with a soupy mess. Otherwise, my only advice for this recipe is to respect the garlic quantity. One time, as a budding young chef, I read a tzatziki recipe and (out of pure hubris) didn’t trust that only a few cloves would be enough to yield that delicious garlicky bite. As a result, I added nearly 10 cloves of garlic to a small amount of Greek yogurt. Needless to say, it nearly burned my mouth off and was simply inedible. Truth be told, many of my early kitchen disasters involved me adding too much of a certain ingredient, completely unaware of its true flavour power. You’ll be happy to know I’ve since learned from those early mistakes!
Hint: This recipe is easily doubled to serve a crowd!
- ½ English cucumber, grated
- 1 heaping c. Greek yogurt
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Grate the cucumber and use about 4 or 5 pieces of paper towel to ring out all the excess water. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible.
- In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and the grated cucumber with the water squeezed out.
- Serve with crudités or pita chips.
Love means…eating tzatziki with almost every meal (I certainly do)… just ’cause!