Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tzatziki - Raw Greek Yogurt Appetizer

If you like raw milk yogurt you will lite this! Tzatziki is a Mediterranean appetizer that is also used as a sauce for grilled meat dishes. This refreshing dish has its origins in Turkish cuisine and is widely used not only in Turkey, but also in Greece, Cyprus, and other countries that were in the past under the influence of the Ottoman Empire. 


Tzatziki is a perfect "health" food. Probiotics in yogurt stabilize your gut flora; cucumber is rich in minerals; herbs and garlic are beneficial not only to the digestive tract, but to the entire body; olive oil provides essential fatty acids; Celtic salt has much needed minerals; black pepper is a good source of manganese, vitamin K and fiber, and helps improve digestion.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw milk yogurt (ewe's or goat milk would be perfect)
  • 1 cup shredded cucumber
  • 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of dried sage 
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • Celtic salt and freshly grind black pepper to taste


Method:
  • Combine yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, mint and dill in a large bowl and  gently mix together. 
  • Add dried herbs, salt and pepper. Make sure that you are adding only a hint of sage, otherwise the herb will overpower your tzatziki. Gently mix again. 
  • Add olive oil. Mix again. Ready!
  • Serve as a dip with a platter of raw vegetable and enjoy in good company!


Tip: 

You can "stretch" your tzatziki with a 1- 1 1/2 cold spring water and enjoy it chilled as a cooling and very refreshing summer soup.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


         
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