Greek tzatziki

Greek tzatziki


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About this recipe: A very easy and simple recipe for tzatziki. Follow the steps in the method - like squeezing out excess water - and you'll be rewarded with gorgeously creamy tzatziki!


Serves: 5 

  • 1 cucumber
  • a pinch of pepper and a pinch of salt
  • 500g strained Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, or to taste
  • a little bunch of dill

Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

  1. First peel your cucumber and then grate in and place it in a strainer. Using your hands, squeeze out all the excess water from the cucumber -- this is vital for the recipe -- as your tzatziki will come out watery and runny if there is water from the cucumber. Place the squeezed cucumber in a mixing bowl.
  2. To the cucumber add the pepper and the salt and mix. Then add the yoghurt and mix. As you will see the yoghurt will inevitably get a bit runnier but that is no biggie as the oil will tie it up.
  3. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir when the oil dissolves add another tablespoon and repeat until you have added 3 tablespoons of oil.
  4. Using a garlic press or a grater, add the garlic and stir. Dip you finger in and taste the strength -- if it isn't garlicky enough add more.
  5. Then add the dill nicely and finely chopped, and mix.
  6. Spoon into a serving bowl and place one olive in the middle for decoration or drizzle some olive oil.
  7. Let it sit for one hour in the fridge. Serve it as a spread or a dip with bread or pitta bread. Enjoy!!!

Cook's note

You can choose the garlic strength. I would suggest no fewer than 5 cloves.


You can also add a spoonful of red wine vinegar for an authentic touch.

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