The Cucumber Dip Recipe is also known as Tsatsiki or Tzatziki... which is why we call it Cucumber Dip.
Prepared with mint, scallions, cucumbers and a little garlic in a
thick Greek-style yogurt base, it's a healthy, delicious, classic
Mediterranean dish, and a great party dip, whatever it's called. It's
easy to get your mouth around Tzatziki, even if you can't pronounce it,
equally good with Gyros and Dolmas as it is with veggies and crusty bread.
2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
2 cups thick, Greek-style yogurt
8 scallions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh chopped mint (2 Tbs. dried) plus a little for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Tip: To remove excess moisture from the cucumber, salt the diced cucumber generously and place in a colander. Let it drain for 45 minutes to an hour, then rinse and pat dry.
In a small bowl, beat the yogurt until smooth. Fold in the garlic and scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the mint, then add the cucumber. Garnish with a tablespoon of fresh chopped mint, if desired. Chill well before serving.
Makes about 3 cups.