A beautiful application for summer cucumbers, this cool and creamy cucumber yogurt dip is intensely satisfying with grilled meats, vegetables, and breads. When the grill is hot, brush a few halved lemons with olive oil and throw them on for a few minutes until charred. Grilling the lemons brings out a sweeter, more concentrated citrus flavor and a hint of smokiness. Serve this grilled lemon tzatziki as a dip with grilled flatbread or generously pour it over burgers, salmon, or grilled vegetables. As for the grilled lemons, be sure to grill a few extras for iced tea or whiskey sours. —Chase the Flavors
2 1/2 cups
large or 2 small cucumbers, seeded and finely diced
plain Greek yogurt
lemons, grilled and juiced
fresh dill, finely chopped
In This Recipe
Whisk together cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerator until ready to serve. For a thinner tzatziki, blend 1/2 of the tzatziki in a food processor until smooth then reintegrate it with the rest. It's delicious right away, but the flavors gets better after a few hours.