Rating: 4.47 stars
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This yogurt, cucumber, and garlic dip is a wonderful, cool companion dish - great for summer!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place quartered cucumbers in a small colander and sprinkle evenly with salt. Allow to drain 30 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels and chop coarsely in food processor. Drain cucumber in colander for an additional 30 minutes.

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  • Place cucumber back in food processor with garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, and vinegar. Blend well. Adjust vinegar and salt to taste. Pour in olive oil and blend until ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 5.1g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 2.8mg; sodium 753.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (60)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2006
I'm Greek and I love this sauce-- I make it often. The only thing I do different is that I use lots more garlic which is my taste of course. Don't use the colander that some have suggested. I cut up my cucumbers in a food processer and then place them in a small bowl with 6 layers of paper towels over the bowl, invert the bowl and then the cucumbers drain into the paper towels. I also do the same thing with the yogurt--trust me it will work so no soupy sauce! Also, make sure you mix the olive oil well into the yogurt then mix them together with the cucumbers! If you have a garlic press, you will definitely need it with this recipe and if you don't have one--go buy one!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2003
I can see the need for draining the cucumbers so much although I followed the steps my dip was still a little runny I have since searched the topic and found a recipe that drained the yogurt first (in cheesecloth). I think I will try this next time however the taste was fabulous a little too garlicky for my kids but my husband and I loved it. Thanks Read More
(14)
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2006
I'm Greek and I love this sauce-- I make it often. The only thing I do different is that I use lots more garlic which is my taste of course. Don't use the colander that some have suggested. I cut up my cucumbers in a food processer and then place them in a small bowl with 6 layers of paper towels over the bowl, invert the bowl and then the cucumbers drain into the paper towels. I also do the same thing with the yogurt--trust me it will work so no soupy sauce! Also, make sure you mix the olive oil well into the yogurt then mix them together with the cucumbers! If you have a garlic press, you will definitely need it with this recipe and if you don't have one--go buy one!! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2004
great for gyros! most sysco locations will let you "cash and carry" meats from their office. I bought a box of gyro meat there, mmmmm just like the restaurants. be creative! I bought a pizza pie shell, added pizza cheese, slices of gyro, dolops of this sauce, baked it in the oven then put onion and lettuce on it when it came out of the oven. FANTASTIC!! just like the sandwich.. this sauce will be made in my home again and again and again! Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2003
I can see the need for draining the cucumbers so much although I followed the steps my dip was still a little runny I have since searched the topic and found a recipe that drained the yogurt first (in cheesecloth). I think I will try this next time however the taste was fabulous a little too garlicky for my kids but my husband and I loved it. Thanks Read More
(14)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2004
Absolutely fab!!!!! Definitely drain your yogurt and cucumbers-- also another trick to keep it less soupy- mix the olive oil with the cucumbers (after draining of course) this will keep the soupy part down because what is the soupy part is the olive oil mixing with the yogurt! I love this recipe though and my family adores it on all sorts of things- baked potato salad chicken with pita chips etc Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2003
I wasn't overly impressed with this recipe. I drained the yogurt and drained the cucumber for 1/2 an hour longer than called for and my sauce was still fairly soupy. It was also a lot more "lemony" than any tzatziki I've ever tasted. An average recipe but one I probably wouldn't make again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2008
This is excellent! I really wanted a thick tzatziki so I drained the cucmbers and yogurt before using and then drained everything again after mixing it in the blender. It tastes better after being in the fridge for a couple days. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2006
The taste is good but - as others have mentioned - it's way too soupy. There should be some instructions for draining the yogurt with this recipe. I wanted to use this as a dip for pita chips but it doesn't stay on the chips very well.:( However it would be good served over falafel in a pita sandwich or as a salad dressing. (I can see it paired with romaine lettuce feta cheese olives tomatoes more cukes...) Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2010
I like the sauce thicker too but I simply use Plain Greek yogurt. It is now readily available even at Krogers. Thick with no draining time! Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
08/31/2010
The flavor of this was very good but the texture could be better; it was very thin after I processed it. My boyfriend who used to work in a greek restaurant suggested that using a food processor might be making it thin. Next time I'll try hand whisking the oil and vinegar/lemon juice together before whisking in the yogurt and cucumber. Read More
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