Fresh Tzatziki Dip

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley VegetarianHave you tried the Mediterranean Platter at Stacey’s Ojai Coffee Roasting Company? Amazing dish. What makes it amazing to me is the Tzatziki she makes fresh daily. Tzatziki, you say. What’s Tzatziki and how do you pronounce it?

Tzatziki is associated with Greek cuisine and is similar to Indian raita. It is a humble dish prepared with yogurt and cucumber. I like to keep it simple by adding fresh garlic, lemon juice (not vinegar) and cracked black pepper.

Tzatziki is pronounced sɑtˈziki and is good not only in Stacey’s Mediterranean Platter but also when you make it as a dip at home. And if that’s not enough, it is amazingly easy to make. Give it a try. Kali orexi!

1 English cucumber (peeled, seeded, grated)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
Salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Squeeze as much moisture out of the grated cucumber as possible. Add the cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, dill, and garlic to a medium bowl. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Stir to combine, cover and let stand for 20 minutes.

To serve, stir once or twice more. Serve it with pita chips as an appetizer, as a sauce on your favorite veggie burger, as a baked potato topper, or in your favorite wrap.

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