Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Dip - learned in Athens!

Let me start by apologizing for not posting this sooner. I know I’ve promised you all sorts of Greek recipes, so starting today I am going to deliver!  First things first…. Tzatziki.

This is a classic Greek appetizer (or “meze”) made from thick strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill. It’s super simple to make and a hit at any get-together!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Dip - learned in Athens!

When we were in Athens, the husband and I decided to take a cooking class on preparing classic Greek dishes. One of the first things we made in that (six-hour + exhausting + amazing) class was this Tzatziki!

I made a few adjustments to suit my taste (mainly because I don’t like a TON of dill in my Tzatziki), but feel free to experiment with your own amounts of each ingredient!

First, check out this rare and precious photo:

Anetta from The Wanderlust Kitchen

It’s rare and precious because:

  1. I’m actually in the photo (I’m usually behind the camera), and;
  2. I’m wearing nail polish.

Don’t you just love my go-to vacation look? I call it haggard-chic.

Also, check out how cute the husband is helping me steady the hot pan. Awww, I just love him.

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Right, so back to this recipe. Here are a few tips and tricks I picked up in class:

  • Make sure your grated cucumber is well-drained. If you have time, you can drain it in cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve overnight.
  • If you’re in a rush, you can use your hands to squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber.
  • The longer the garlic rests in the yogurt, the less sharp bite it will have and the better it will taste.
  • For  best results, combine all of the ingredients except for the cucumber and let it rest overnight in the fridge while your cucumber is draining.
  • Add the dill at the last minute so it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavors.

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

This is so tangy and delicious; perfect spread over some warm pita bread!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

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Authentic Greek Tzatziki
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Grate the cucumber and drain through a fine mesh sieve overnight in the fridge.
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Serve chilled with pita bread for dipping.

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Comments

  1. Tammi says

    I totally agree with you on the amount of dill! Question, did you use a seedless cucumber or a regular one that you deseeded (is that even a word?) yourself? Also, what is on that hot pan your husband is steadying for you? Looks like something I would grab immediately!

  2. says

    Yummy! Pinned! I could eat this every day! LOL, you are so cute – nail polish and you in the photo. I know, I don’t think I have a single photo of me on the blog in any of the recipes. I’m a slave behind the camera.;)

  3. Dalila says

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    Random question – What class did you take while in Athens? My fiance and I will be going there for our honeymoon and we would love to do something like that while we’re there!

    • says

      Oh, bummer!! That’s so strange. Maybe you can look on a brand’s website to see which stores carry their products? For Tzatziki, my favorite is Fage yogurt :)

  4. jenny says

    Hello
    Do you have to strain the yogurt? Several other recipes require to strain greek yogurt so I wasnt too sure.

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hi, Jenny! Greek Yogurt is already strained, so you don’t need to strain it again. If you are using regular yogurt, you would need to strain it until it reaches the thickness of Greek yogurt :)

  5. Azure Skye says

    Used your recipe the other day for my lamb burger patties. Oh what a hit! EVERYONE had multiple helpings, and it tasted even better the next day.

    Thank you! This is the best recipe by far!

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