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Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This is a lovely, cool, refreshing Greek tzatziki dip that I first tasted and fell in love with in the Greek Islands. It is lovely with hot toasted pita bread and veggies or lamb kebabs! The key is strain the liquid from the cucumber very well so the dip stays creamy and not watery and to always use thick, full-fat Greek yogurt. Low-fat versions won't cut it. Enjoy!"
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20 m servings 197
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Stir together olive oil, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl and let sit while you prepare the cucumber.
  2. Peel cucumber and cut in half lengthways; scrape out all the seeds. Grate cucumber with a cheese grater into a sieve set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Strain out as much liquid as possible by pressing down in the sieve with the palm of your hand. Alternately you can wring cucumber out in a clean tea towel. Add cucumber and yogurt to the garlic mixture. Mix until well combined and season with salt to taste.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For best results, chill in the refrigerator for a few hours if possible so flavors can blend.
  • You can also add a tablespoon of chopped fresh mint, especially if you are having lamb, but I prefer to keep it simple and authentic and usually leave the mint out.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 197 calories; 17.4 5.6 5.3 19 81 Full nutrition

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This recipe is the real deal! Authentic Greek tzatziki is this simple - no added herbs like mint or dill. Plus the vinegar is a must, which you don't often find in recipes. This is a great recip...

2.29.20 Best tzatziki I’ve ever made. For lack of a better explanation, it tastes “pure" (hope that makes sense). Also, my first time using FAGE® yogurt, and that is just the kind of thick, y...