Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tzatziki & My Greek Layered Dip

A while back I shared an Amazing Greek Layered Dip with you.  We made it again only this time we left the ground lamb out of the recipe.  We made our own Tzatziki for this dip and I want to share the recipe with you.  But first I will tell you what is in these fantastic layers. enjoy!!

1. Hubby's Hummus - He makes Hummus about once a week.  One of the many things I love about him.
2. The first veggie layer; torn up romaine and tomatoes.
3. Tzatziki
4.  Second veggie layer; black olives and roasted red peppers
5. Lots and lots of crumbled Feta

recipe adapted from Ina Garten
What you need for Tzatziki:
1 pint plain Greek yogurt (I use fat free or low fat)
1 cucumber, unpeeled and seeded
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 tablespoon  olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
Pinch freshly ground black pepper

What you do:
Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth or paper towel-lined sieve and set it over a bowl. Grate the cucumber and toss it with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt; place it in another sieve, and set it over another bowl. Allow both bowls some time to drain, you can do this earlier and just leave in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the tzatziki. This allows the yogurt to thicken, my recipe (as opposed to Ina Gartens) uses Greek yogurt, you won't need to drain it as much.
Transfer the thickened yogurt to a large bowl. Squeeze as much liquid from the cucumber as you can and add the cucumber to the yogurt. Mix in the sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

We served this with a dinner of  grilled lamb, rice and pitas.  

We all started by dipping the pitas in this dip but ended up putting it on everything! 


  1. I remember when you posted this last time and it's still on my list of recipes to make. Arghh, haven't gotten very far on my list! Need more time! : )

  2. This looks so delicious! It's perfect timing to share this recipe since I'll be looking for yummy dips to take to holiday get-togethers.

    I frequently make my own hummus, too, but I've never attempted tzatiki (spelling?) It looks pretty easy and I like that I can adjust the seasonings.

  3. I LOVE greek food and this looks amazing, and such a great alternative to the traditional 7-layer dip!

  4. This looks amazing, Thanks for sharing!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  5. This looks delicious! I am going to have to make this! I found you through Someday Crafts.

  6. Wow! This looks amazing. I love all things greek, and this looks like the perfect crowd pleaser. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Danielle,
    This is an awesome dip and just in time for all of our holiday entertaining. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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