Tsatziki (Cucumber Salad)

Cucumber Salad

Tsatziki (also known as Tzatziki) is a dish that seems to have an identity crisis. Some people claim it’s a dip, others claim it’s a soup, still others say it’s a salad. The key word in the dish is obviously “Tsatziki”, which may translate to cucumber. It may also translate to “Stupid yankees can’t transalte anything”. Any help from the Greek Community will be appreciated.

At any rate, this is a wonderful side dish, and blessedly simple to make. I made it as a salad . But it soon became obvious that it would also make a delicious dip or soup. The choice, as always, is yours.

  • 3 8″ Cucumbers, peel, slice thin
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tblsp Spearmint Leafs, chopped
  • 1 Tblsp Scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt and pepper(to taste)

In a large salad bowl, place in cucumber slices. Fold in yogurt, lemon juice, spearmint, scallions and sugar. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator. Allow to maserate for 1-2 hours.

Salt and pepper to taste, and then serve alone or on Pita.


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