Grow Your Own: Tzatziki

Grow Your Own 2008For this month’s Grow Your Own food blogging event, hosted by Andrea of AndreasRecipes.com, I made tzatziki, the Greek sauce/dip made of yogurt, cucumbers and seasonings. My dill is still doing pretty well, although it likes cooler temperatures, so it probably won’t last much longer. I keep the mint in a strawberry jar on the patio, to keep it from invading and taking over the herb garden.

Ingredients for tzatziki

I love this stuff, especially in the summer – it’s so cool and refreshing. We eat it as a dip with homemade pita chips and crudites, and as a sauce for grilled chicken or gyro sandwiches. Just toast some pita pockets, season chicken with oregano, lemon and garlic (I use Penzey’s Greek seasoning), then slice the chicken and put it in the pita with chopped lettuce and tomato, topped with tzatziki and some feta cheese.

Here, I served it with pita chips and baby carrots.

Tzatziki with pita chips and baby carrots

Tzatziki

3 cups plain yogurt, or 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (preferred)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh dill, minced fine
1 tsp. fresh mint, cut into chiffonade
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

If using regular yogurt, place yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a bowl; put bowl, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 hour to drain excess liquid. If using Greek yogurt, this step is not necessary.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, herbs and salt. Add cucumber and mix well. Place in a serving dish, cover and refrigerate for at least two hours, to allow the flavors to mingle and make friends ;-)

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8 Responses to “Grow Your Own: Tzatziki”

  • Andrea says:

    I’m addicted to tzatziki, and you are right, it goes well with so many things. Our dill has gone to seed already, so that’s it until fall. I’ll try to grow some again in September just to see if I can get another round of it. Thanks for sharing with Grow Your Own!

  • KimL says:

    Hey, Andrea, thanks again for hosting :-) I especially like tzatziki in the summer – it’s so refreshing with the dill and mint. Our dill is about to seed, too, but I have enough that I can freeze some for future use, and if I have to, I’ll actually buy some over the summer so I can keep having tzatziki :-)

    Kim

  • victoria says:

    Delicious! I almost don’t need the pita, just give me a spoon.

  • KimL says:

    Hee hee! I do actually eat it that way sometimes :-) Thanks, Victoria.

  • Natashya says:

    I love tzatziki, even on a hamburger. Smart to separate the mint. Great work on GYO!

  • I’m glad yo entered GYO or I wouldn’t have found your blog. this looks delicious

  • KimL says:

    Hi, Natasha. On a burger, eh? I’ll have to try that. Time to make some more :-)

    african vanielje, thanks for stopping by, and for the compliment :-) I love GYO – so many great ideas.

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