Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki

This is Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki. Easiest version of all and a staple in my house. Tzatziki, also known as tarator or cacık, is a dip, soup, or sauce found in the cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. It is made of strained yogurt or diluted yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme depending on the preference. It takes 5 minutes from start to finish and the most refreshing dip or side to any dish. When we lived in Greece we ate tzatziki for every single meal and it’s one dip I will never get sick of. In Bulgaria we have our own yogurt dips, salads, and cold cucumber soup known as Tarator so our cuisine is very similar and I feel like most countries around the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East etc. have their take on yogurt dips and salads that are similar so it makes me incredibly happy to see similar versions shared around the world. Food is love and food is what unites us all.

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Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki

This is Tzatziki. Easiest version of all and a staple in my house. Tzatziki, also known as tarator or cacık, is a dip, soup, or sauce found in the cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. It is made of strained yogurt or diluted yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme depending on the preference. It takes 5 minutes from start to finish and the most refreshing dip or side to any dish. When we lived in Greece we ate tzatziki for every single meal and it’s one dip I will never get sick of. In Bulgaria we have our own yogurt dips, salads, and cold cucumber soup known as Tarator so our cuisine is very similar and I feel like most countries around the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East etc. have their take on yogurt dips and salads that are similar so it makes me incredibly happy to see similar versions shared around the world. Food is love and food is what unites us all.
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups plain yogurt — Greek Balkan-Style or any you like
  • 1 grated English cucumber — or any you have on hand
  • 1-2 cloves of grated or minced garlic — to taste
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt to taste
  • tablespoon of olive oil
  • I measure dill with my heart — about 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped dill
  • olives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add your favourite yogurt of choice to a bowl. Wash, peel and grate the cucumber on a grater on the side that has the largest holes. If you don’t want to grate it, chop it really finely.
  • If you are grating it be sure to squeeze the water out really well. I used a nut milk bag but you can use a kitchen towel or a cheese cloth too. This will ensure a thicker Tzatziki dip.
  • Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt and measure the garlic, lemon juice, freshly chopped dill, and salt with your heart.
  • Stir it all up, drizzle a touch of olive oil for presentation and optionally garnish with olives. Store it in the refrigerator in a glass Tupperware. It should last up to 10 days. Enjoy

Notes

You can definitely strain the yogurt and let it sit overnight either in a mesh strainer on top of a bowl with something heavier on top or even a cheesecloth to make it super thick but I never feel the need to. You can grate or even very finely dice the cucumber but that’s to personal taste and texture. Feel free to use a dairy-free yogurt that you love. Mint instead of dill works as well if you don’t like the taste of dill. You can bake some tortilla triangles and dip with them as chips or use your favourite greek pita instead. This is perfect for as a dip, to top with grilled veggies, grilled meats, kofte, cevapi, and so many other ways.

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