Tzatziki -- Greek Cucumber Dip

Source: Liz Gump

Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Servings per recipe: 8

This easy to prepare spicy dip is refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Ingredients

1- 5.3oz container of plain non-fat Greek yogurt

1/2 cucumber

2-4 crushed garlic cloves

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon chopped or dried mint (or dill)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

Greek olives, optional

Materials

Knife, cutting board, grater, colander or sieve, measuring spoons, mixing spoon, bowl, container with lid.

Instructions

* Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Coarsely grate.

* Put grated cucumber in a colander, or a sieve. Sprinkle with salt and mix. Put a plate on top of the cucumber, and let cucumber drain for about an hour. The weight of the plate will squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber.

* Mix cucumber with yogurt, crushed garlic, lemon juice and mint in a bowl. Season with pepper, to taste.

* Refrigerate Tzatziki dip for several hours (or overnight) in a sealed container before serving, to allow flavors to combine.

* To serve, put Tzatziki in a bowl and drizzle with the tablespoon of olive oil. Serve with cut up vegetables, or slices of whole grain pita bread or a baguette.


Notes

To change the spice level, increase or decrease the amount of garlic added to this dip.


More About Cucumber

How to Select

Choose firm, well shaped cucumbers with dark green color, that are heavy for its size.

How to Store

Refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Trim ends. If skin is tough or waxed, peel. If seeds are hard, scoop out. Add fresh cucumber to salads and sandwiches. Have as a snack with dips. Eat raw: Add to salads and sandwiches, or have as a snack with dip. Cut into cubes with tomatoes and herbs, and add salad dressing. Make Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce, or add to cold soups.