Tzatziki is a simple yogurt dip with fresh flavors
Condiments are tricky on the Paleo diet. Most things you buy are filled with sugar, chemicals or soy.
Making your own ketchup or mayo is slightly labor intensive and requires special ingredients. But this tasty yogurt dip takes little effort to make. It naturally comes with it’s own built in probiotics and just seems to get better with age.
Tzatziki is one of my favorite dishes from Greek cuisine.
The secret to perfect tzatziki is using really thick yogurt like Greek yogurt. Or you can buy an even thicker yogurt in the store called yogurt cheese (also called strained yogurt or Lebneh). And if you can’t find it, you can make your own delicious yogurt cheese from plain yogurt with this recipe.
After you mix the ingredients (dill, cucumbers, salt, garlic) into the yogurt you can eat it right away or put it in the fridge and enjoy later as the flavors mix together. You can spread this dip over hamburgers, dollop it into veggie soup or salads, or simply eat it straight from the bowl. It adds freshness to any dish. and can replace raita in any Indian dish.
The best thing about this dish is that the longer you leave it in the fridge, the more the garlic starts to ferment, adding an interesting flavor and more health benefits. And you know what that means?
A probiotic party in a bowl!
- 1 cup of thick yogurt like Greek yogurt or strained yogurt
- 1 large cucumber, diced into cubes
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- fresh dill to taste (the dill makes this dish)
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (add in more if you really like garlic)
- Throw all the ingredients into the yogurt and mix with a fork.
- It's that easy. You can eat it right away or store it in the fridge for later.