Freshly made from scratch
GFG tzatziki is freshly prepared from scratch, using thick, strained Greek yogurt, fresh garlic, cucumber, dill, premium grade Greek extra virgin olive oil, and a splash of red wine vinegar. Seasoned only with salt and ground black pepper, it contains no artificial additives and is as pure as it gets! The perfect addition to any party platter or meze, this tzatziki is guaranteed to impress even your “Greekest” gourmet guest!
In Greece tzatziki is a permanent and cherished fixture at any Greek meze or dinner party, served as a side or starter dish alongside other dips, a Greek salad and pita bread. In addition it is usually enjoyed in souvlaki and gyro or as a side dish for meat. It is an excellent pairing for roasted or fried vegetables, especially sweet potato, zucchini or eggplant, and anything else that can use a mild kick.
Is tzatziki Greek?
Even though tzatziki might be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Greek dips, it actually has middle-eastern roots. Like most of Mediterranean cuisine favorites, it is embraced by several cultures, especially in Middle East and South Europe. Tzatziki in Greek, cacık in Turkish, but it is also known as tarator.
What goes into a real tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a refreshing mix of yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, and olive oil, though every household has its own version and may add various herbs, vinegar or lemon juice. The creamy dip you find in real Greek taverns is typically made with strained Greek yogurt. In other places you may find it dressed in a sort of a yogurt vinaigrette.
What’s so special about it?
Many Greek and Mediterranean dips are delicious, simple and wholesome but also very healthy, if prepared using quality ingredients. Tzatziki is no exception – low in calories, high in protein, with fresh garlic, herbs and olive oil combined together it offers an unbeatable flavor and nutrient combination.
- Garlic lowers blood pressure and lends benefits such as antimicrobial and cholesterol-fighting properties.
- Cool cucumber may be 95% water but also contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. Combined with natural Greek yogurt it can help you fight inflammation and provides a light but healthy snack option.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil health benefits hardly need introductions. It has been proven to shield cellular health, fighting cardiovascular disease, inflammation and other diseases.
- Dill is has a characteristic sweet aroma, which not only tastes great but also provides antioxidants, vitamins C and A and magnesium. It is best known for its proven anti-inflammatory properties.
Ounce for ounce tzatziki is easily one of the coolest dips around. It’s a great addition to any meal and an absolute must at any Greek party or event.