Rating: 4.52 stars
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Drain some low-fat yogurt overnight to make this yummy cucumber dressing. This is a delicious topping for grilled chicken or meat. It's also a great dip for veggies and pita chips.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a colander with two layers of cheesecloth and place it over a medium bowl. Place the yogurt on the cheesecloth and cover the colander with plastic wrap. Allow yogurt to drain overnight.

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  • Lay grated cucumber on a plate lined with paper towel; allow to drain 1 to 2 hours.

  • Combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, parsley, mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

21 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 2.8g; fat 0.5g; cholesterol 1.7mg; sodium 44.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (111)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2008
Yummy! I used Greek-style non-fat yogurt instead of messing around with straining regular yogurt (Greek-style yogurt is already strained). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2008
I thought this was just OK. Straining the yogurt gave it a better consistency. But think it had too much mint not enough garlic and needed dill. Read More
(17)
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2008
Yummy! I used Greek-style non-fat yogurt instead of messing around with straining regular yogurt (Greek-style yogurt is already strained). Read More
(271)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2008
excellent, i did add a little dill in an attempt to copy a local greek place, and it turned out perfect. the longer you strain the yogurt the thicker sauce you will get. I had no cheesecloth so i had to improvise with a couple coffee filters taped over a bowl. Read More
(124)
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2008
Freezing and then thawing the yogurt first makes it much faster to drain; I use a coffee filter over a strainer and it takes maybe an hour to drain--it comes out like thick Greek yogurt (even when I use nonfat yogurt). Also, I use an immersion blender instead of grating the cucumber and just blend it all together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
I made this to accompany my gyros tonight and it was really good. I omitted the mint and added about a tsp of minced onion. I also added about a 1/2 tbls. of sugar to cut the tang of the yogurt. Will make again! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2008
Thanks SO much for this recipe!! I can't believe how authentic it tastes. I couldn't find my cheesecloth anywhere so I took others advice to use three coffee filters and it worked perfectly draining only an hour. I also added garlic salt and onion powder although I'm sure it would be just as good without. I also skipped the cucumber draining and just pressed it between two paper towels it was perfect! I let it sit in the refrigerator for two hours before dinner and my DH went crazy over this sauce on the turkey gyro recipe from this site!! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
I do believe this is the best recipe outside of Athens for Tzatziki you did not go the route of adding sour cream or (shudder) mayonnaise. I followed all the steps for proper drainage and the ingredients BUT I added another TBS of lemon juice I love it's tang and I did add 3TBS of a good olive oil for extra richness and smoothness. It reminded me of the wonderful Tzatziki I have enjoyed on my many vacations on Crete. There is nothing like it to accompany kababs hot off a wood fired grill on a starlit night. AAAAAHHH life is so short and I am so old! Read More
(20)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2008
This was AWESOME. I could have eaten it all by itself. I also like how the strained yogurt changes consistency. Really cool. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2008
First time I ever tried something like this. I used 2 coffee filters instead of cheesecloth. I also used only 2 6oz containers of plain yogurt. I served it over the Souvlaki(from this site). It was all very good! Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
08/06/2008
I thought this was just OK. Straining the yogurt gave it a better consistency. But think it had too much mint not enough garlic and needed dill. Read More
(17)