Before we get down to the instructions of making this delicious dip, you might ask, what is Tzatziki and what you can eat it with?! Tzatziki is a Turkish or Greek cuisine used mainly as a dip. It is amazing with barbequed or grilled meats or fish, with falafels, on crackers with smoked salmon or simply, as a dip along side your favourite salads. It is really delicious so you might need to double batch this! This is one of my favourite sauces at the moment and I love it along with my beetroot hummus.
Recipe for about 4-6 people as a sauce/dip.
250g Natural yogurt
Half a large cucumber
Small bunch dill or mint
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large garlic clove (or two small)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice/white wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
1. Slice the cucumber length ways and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Discard the seeds
2. Grate the unpeeled cucumber , sprinkle a little salt and leave to drain in a sieve over a bowl for at least 30 minutes – 1 hour
3. Meanwhile, crush the garlic. Add a pinch of salt and leave to infuse in the olive oil.
4. After 30 minutes, squeeze out the remaining water from the cucumber by hand. You can wrap it in paper towel to do so if you wish.
5. Mix the yogurt, olive oil and garlic infusion, the grated cucumber, lemon juice and chopped herb.
6. If you can wait, this tastes better when left for a couple of hours in the fridge before serving.
7. Season to taste and enjoy!
Top Tip: Use the water from the cucumber to water your plants, or even better, drink it for amazing skin (so they say!)