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Fresh Greek Tzatziki

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Serves 4

Garlic Lovers Unite! Why buy bland, watery Tzatziki when making your own is so simple? This Greek yogurt sauce is a perfect accompaniment to the grilled meats & fish of a summer BBQ!

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  • 350g Greek yogurt (or plain full-fat yogurt)
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves (optional)


    1. For creamy Tzatziki with perfect consistency we need to avoid any excess water. The best result is achieved by peeling and de-seeding the cucumber. Then either grate of finely slice (with a vegetable peeler) and hang the cucumber in a cloth or a tea towel to squeeze out all excess liquid.
    2. Combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice and garlic. Add a dash of olive oil and some salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    3. Sprinkle with the paprika powder.
    4. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours for the flavours to fully develop.
    5. (Optional: just before serving roughly chop a bunch of fresh mint leaves and sprinkle on top.)

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29th Mar, 2016
I just grated the cucumber when majority of the moisture out with kitchen role and it turned out amazing! Saved loads of time for a quick version- also use plan soya yougert as can't have dairy!
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25th Sep, 2014
Heard from a lovely Greek lady that if you put some Muslim or a couple layers of kitchen roll in a sieve over a bowl put the yogurt in this to remove the water from the yogurt. There is no need to push it or anything just leave it for about 8-10hrs this will strain all the water out leaving the yogurt with perfect consistency before adding the rest of ingredients.
24th Nov, 2013
Actually swap the lemon for ouzo
24th Nov, 2013
Try putting some ouzo in aswell, learnt this while working in Greece. Mint for me is a big no no I'm afraid
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