Tzatziki is lovely on side of lots of dishes, like grilled lamb, chicken burgers etc. Tzatziki originates from Greece and Turkey, where it is usually served with among others, souvlaki and gyros. A traditional tzatziki always contains yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and salt. Variances kan contain i.e. lemon juice, dill, parsley or mint, depending on the main dish.
The best is that it is supereasy to make, and you get a dressing/sauce with lots of flavor, and still a lot less fat compared to other types of dressings and sauces.
It is recommended to make the tzatziki a few hours before serving, so the flavors can develop.
- 300 ml greek yoghurt
- 1 cucumber
- a small handful of mint, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- a few drops of tabasco
- salt and pepper
Peel the cucumber, and slice in half lenghtwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds in the middle.
Finely dice the cucumber, and place it in a sieve. Sprinkle over some salt, and let it stand for 5-10 minutes, and press out as much liquid as possible.
Mix the cucumber with the yoghurt, mint, garlic and tabasco. Season to taste with salt and pepper (really taste first, as the mixture already has the salt from the cucumber, and “pepper” from the tabasco drops).