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Greek Tzatziki

Greek <em>Tzatziki</em> Related:   appetizers, condiments & sauces, dairy, Europe, gluten-free, kid-friendly, low-fat, Shavuot, vegetarian

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: None

Yield: 1 cup

Vacationing on the rural Greek coast with my family, we had plenty of opportunities to give ten-month-old Kai samples of local taverna fare. While fresh grilled fish seems to be a perennial favorite, a new delight was tzatziki. Most tavernas have a list of various prepared salads that accompany main dishes, but perhaps none is as ubiquitous as tzatziki, a combination of thick Greek yogurt, grated cucumber and sharp, fresh garlic. Kai took tremendous delight in covering himself in tzatziki, swimming in tzatziki and finally even tasting some off a spoon.


  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely pressed
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Drizzle of olive oil


  • Grate cucumbers, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, allow to drain in small colander for half an hour. Meanwhile, mix yogurt and garlic together and allow drain in cheesecloth-lined bowl for half an hour. Mix cucumbers and lemon juice into yogurt, and then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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