Author Notes: Tzatziki, for me, goes back 30 plus years ago; I first tasted it at a co-worker’s family gathering and it became a recipe I had to have, but through the years I tweaked it to my liking. Back then, I would either take time to make the yogurt or drain store bought overnight, however, these days I use Greek yogurt, and the thick consistency works great with this recipe as well as cutting time. Other tweak notes: I don’t squeeze out the cucumber juice after grating (as is often done) and I have never found the dip to be watery. As well, I like using red wine vinegar and leaving out the dill, non-traditional and all to my liking…lapadia style! This makes an excellent dip; serve with plenty of pita triangles, chips and/or fresh cut vegetables…always a crowd pleaser. —lapadia
Makes: a little more than 1 cup (easy to double)
1 medium size cucumber, washed, unpeeled and seeded
3/4 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup sour cream - whole or reduced
1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 cloves finely minced garlic
Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Seed the cucumber. Discard the seeds.
- Grate the cucumber, retaining as much of the juice as you can.
- Add the cucumber and whatever remaining juice (after grating) to the yogurt.
- Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
- Chill for a couple hours to overnight.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dip