Tzatziki - the famous yogurt garlic dip

Servings: 6-8
Total time: 45 min

1 small cucumber
1,1/4 cups. strained yogurt
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
mint or parsley and dill for garnish
olive oil


1. Shred or grade the cucumber in thin slices and place it strainer with plenty of salt. Leave it for 30 minutes.
2. Rinse the cucumber under running water and let it drain well. Wipe the excess humidity with a kitchen paper or a clean cloth towel
3. Mix the yogurt, garlic, the  herbs and pepper.
4. Add the cucumber and stir.
5.Sprinkle with herbs ( & a little paprika if you wish) and drizzle with a little olive oil.

The perfect side dish. It goes well with fried potatoes, fried or baked zucchini, any kebab or grilled lamb, or simply with toasted bread and olives.