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Tzatziki Cucumbers

Tzatziki is a classic cooling combination of cucumber and yogurt. Though tzatziki is Greek in origin, it marries easily with so many dishes from the Mediterranean world. These tzatziki cucumbers are delicious as a sauce, a dip, or salad. Try it as sauce with grilled falafel patties in pita pockets.

Another cooling cucumber and yogurt sauce is one from India, raita. Here’s a recipe for Cucumber Raita with Basil and Walnuts.

Or check out this recipe for Creamy Cucumber Salad with dill and basil. Can you tell I’m in love with cucumbers and yogurt together? This Cucumber and Basil Yogurt Salad is more cucumbers, less yogurt.

You don’t have to follow this tzatziki recipe exactly–there are plenty of variations in Greek cuisine too. This one features fresh mint–feel free to try a different herb and come up with your own condiment creation.

Have fun! Bottom line–get in the kitchen and cook something delicious!

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Tzatziki Cucumbers
Ingredients
  • 2 medium cucumbers , peeled and seeds removed
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 ounces Greek yogurt or plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
Instructions
  1. Grate or chop the cucumbers and mix with the garlic, oil, lemon juice, yogurt and mint. Chill.

1 comment

  • […] steamed in a vegetable broth to which you have added a good pinch of saffron, and plain yogurt or a yogurt raita, along with a few dollops of chutney, your choice flavor. I made this in a pressure cooker and it […] Reply · 28 September, 2010

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