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A classic meze consisting of Greek yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and mint. There are many variants of this recipe, this is my take on it. Tzatziki makes a very nice condiment for gyros or kebabs. It goes very well with pork or lamb. It's also very nice served as a dip with pita bread triangles.

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  • 150g Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 - 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp chopped or dried mint (or dill)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste


    1. Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthways and de-seed using a teaspoon, then coarsely grate.
    2. Put grated cucumber into a sieve suspended over a bowl, sprinkle over 1/2 tsp of salt and mix through. Place a plate on top of cucumber and allow cucumber to drain for approximately 1 hour, or until water stops dripping (whichever is first).
    3. Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
    4. The flavours combine better if given time so I prefer to leave it in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight.
    5. If Greek yoghurt is not available then you can make your own Greek style from plain yoghurt by suspending a sieve lined with cheesecloth over a bowl, adding the yoghurt and allowing it to drain for 2-3 hours, or longer if thicker yoghurt is preferred, in a refrigerator. A paper coffee filter can be used as an alternative to a cheesecloth, following the above method.

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29th Sep, 2019
28th Jun, 2019
The best recipe I've found for tzatziki. However I do reduce the garlic to one clove and just squeeze the excess water out of the cucumber rather than draining with salt.
14th May, 2019
Love this recipe! Used 2 small garlic cloves and served with falafels-very delicious.
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Bedro Miltiadous
4th Apr, 2019
Absolutely love this recipe. Been using this for the last two years whenever I decide to make it, and it hasn't failed to impress yet. Me and my dad love it, and he can't get enough of it. Full authentic tzatziki; easily five stars. A few tips for people who want to make it a little different. -- Finely grate the cucumber instead of coarsely grating it. The finer strands will make the tzatziki much more of a yogurt-like texture, as well as make it easier to get out more of the water content. It will help bring out more cucumber flavour throughout the Tzatziki as well. -- If you're not much of a garlic fan, use only one garlic clove per 150g. Alternatively, double or triple up the ingredients for a larger amount, but keep the same amount of garlic listed in the recipe. -- If you do not have any mint or dill, or simply do not like mint, DO NOT worry about it! You may find that the mint will overpower most of the flavours in the tzatziki, so don't be afraid to leave it out. Hope this helps anyone looking to make this recipe. Have a good day, all.
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24th Feb, 2019
I made this recently for a Mediterranean-themed dinner party to go with lamb souvlaki. Like others here, I used just two garlic cloves as I didn't want it to be overpowering, and the end result was delicious!
19th Feb, 2018
This is a really lovely recipe but even with 2 garlic cloves its way too garlicky. I love garlic but in this it takes over so next time I'll try 1 and go from there
24th Aug, 2017
This recipe is a keeper!! Made it tonight to go with lamb koftas and flatbreads and my family loved it. Quick and easy and so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
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13th May, 2016
I made this with soya yoghurt, still absolutely yummy. I used parsley because I didn't have mint or dill.
27th Apr, 2014
Perfect! This is great authentic tzatziki. As good as the one at my local greek restaurant. Loved it. It isn't quick if you are putting cucumber through a sieve but you would want to make this in advance anyway so that doesn't matter. I am a garlic lover but think a bit less should be used, rather 2 instead of 4 and not large cloves, think it was too garlicky for some but I personally love garlic. I served this with chicken souvlaki, pitta and greek salad. So so good. I used fresh mint from my garden and next time might add some fresh dill too!
24th Nov, 2013
Mint !!!!!!!


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