This is Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki, and a constant staple in my house. Tzatziki, also known as tarator or cacık, can be served as a dip, soup, or sauce and is 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, or thyme, depending on the preference. It takes 5 minutes to make and is the most refreshing dip or side to any dish. When my family and I lived in Greece we ate tzatziki with every 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 cuisines are very similar and most countries around the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East etc. have their own take on yogurt dips and salads that are similar. It makes me incredibly happy to see similar versions shared around the world. Food is love and food is what unites us all.
Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki
- 1 English cucumber (any variety of cucumber will work)
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt or Balkan-style yogurt
- 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- ¼ cup finely chopped dill
- salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- olives for garnish (optional)
- Wash, peel, and grate the cucumber, using the largest holes on your cheese grater. Squeeze all the excess moisture out of the grated cucumber. You can squeeze it out using a nut milk bag, a kitchen towel, a cheese cloth, or just clean hands. This step will ensure a thicker dip. Alternatively, you can finely chop the cucumber.
- Add the yogurt to a large bowl, along with the grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and freshly chopped dill, and salt with your heart. Stir well.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the dip for presentation and garnish with olives, if you like. Serve or store it in the refrigerator in a glass Tupperware. The dip should last up to 10 days. Enjoy!
so light and refreshing a perfect blend of flavours to compliment the chicken skewers!
Made this tonight for the 1st time to go along with the chicken souvlaki skewers. Super easy to make and absolutely delicious. I have never been able to find good tzatziki in stores. I now have found a recipe that is as good as the sauces I’ve had at my favourite Greek restaurants. Thank you Modern Nonna for sharing.
So glad you liked it and homemade tastes soooo much better too 🙂