Authentic Greek Yogurt Cucumber Dip (Tzatziki/ Τζατζίκι)
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'Tzatziki' is a traditional Greek yogurt dip made from plain thick Greek yogurt, grated cucumbers, fresh dill and garlic. Traditionally white wine vinegar is added to enhance the flavour, but I like to use apple cider vinegar for the added health benefits.
Tzatziki is typically served in kebabs (gyros) or with souvlaki but it works well with any meat, baked potatoes, fries and as a dip for raw veggies!!
200g plain thick Greek yoghurt, full fat
½ English cucumber, peeled and grated with the large blades of a cheese grater
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
Fine sea salt, to taste
Grate cucumber into a sieve and sprinkle with sea salt.
Let it sit for 10-15 minutes to drain its liquid, then using the back of a wooden spoon, press to squeeze out the moisture.
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.
This will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for about 5-6 days.
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Serve as a side or with other mezzes:
Plain Greek yoghurt - is a great source of protein, calcium, and packed with probiotics which are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system and decrease stomach issues. (Source)
Cucumber - contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease. (Source)
Garlic - contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing, helps improve blood pressure, cholesterol and bone health. (Source)
Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) - not only helps to strengthen dough by making it more springy and allowing it to rise more easily, but has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. (Source)
Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)
Dill - Ancient Greek soldiers used dill as a medicinal herb and popular wound healer for burns and soothing digestive diseases. Dill is rich in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin A. (Source)
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.