Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recipe: Tzatziki (Cucumber Dip)

Double batch of Tzatziki.

This cucumber dip is fabulous with pita chips, veggies or on top of falafel.

Shredded cucumber.

Draining the cucumber.

Mixing in the yogurt.

Tzatziki (Cucumber Dip)

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 6-ounce container plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt


  1. Drain the shredded cucumber and pat dry with paper towels.  Put cucumber in a medium sized bowl. 
  2. Add yogurt and minced garlic and stir to combine. 
  3. Cover and put in refrigerator for at least an hour.  
  4. When ready to serve, salt to taste. 


Greek yogurt is pretty popular right now and can be found in the dairy section of most grocery stores.  I use nonfat.  

Optional additions: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill; a squeeze of fresh lemon; a drizzle of olive oil.  You can add one, two or all three of these things.  Or none.  Either way the dip is good.

I highly recommend draining the cucumber over a measure cup and saving the cucumber juice.  Mix one part cucumber juice with two parts good vodka and a squeeze of lime for a refreshing summer cocktail. 


  1. I just made this with fresh cucumber from my garden and it was delicious! Great easy recipe for a Saturday afternoon :)

  2. Rachel - I'm so glad you liked it. We are growing cucumbers too! This was one way to use up some of our surplus. We have been snacking on it with pita chips and also had it with falafel. (I will try and post a falafel recipe later this week.) :)