Classic Tzatziki

Tummy friendly dip

Packed with friendly bacteria to keep your tummy happy and lots of cooling cucumber and mint, tzatziki is a really versatile traditional greek dip. I usually have a pot of homemade tzatziki chilling in my fridge. It makes a wonderful accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken or spooned over a quinoa salad. Try making some for your next barbecue alongside plenty of crunchy veg and corn tortilla chips for dipping. It also works perfectly with barbecued spicy lamb and couscous salad.

Don’t be tempted to use low fat yogurt- it has far less flavour and is much less satisfying.

Serves 4 as a starter
250g full-fat greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, peeled & crushed
handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cucumber, peeled
pinch of sea salt
  1. Place the the yoghurt, crushed garlic, mint leaves and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Grate the firm flesh of the cucumber onto a clean tea towel, discarding the seeds in the middle. Wrap the grated cucumber in the tea towel and squeeze it tightly over the sink to remove as much excess water as possible. Add the grated cucumber to the yoghurt mix along with a pinch of sea salt and stir well.
  3. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

About Michelle Lake

Hi, I run Mission Nutrition, and I'm a nutritional therapist/ nutritionist helping people all over St Albans & Hertfordshire feel happier & healthier. If your diet needs an overhaul, come and see me for a nutrition consultation! Tel: 01727 893 042 / 01727 869 929 or email