cafe medi is the most ridiculously amazing greek restaurant in dallas/fort worth area and i happen to have the pleasure of living only a few miles away. hah! so now i have our good friend cody and his sweet parents to thank for my new-found obsession.
i wanted hummus. i was familiar with hummus. i knew hummus tasted delicious.
cody’s parents took the liberty of ordering for my husband and me. enter tzatziki…
thank God for cheat meals, because when i ate this tzatziki dip for the first time, i must have inhaled 5 baskets of pita bread along with it…it was so good!! i was already craving it the next day, but knew i had to make my own because i would have too hard of a time resisting the pita bread once i stepped foot in that door again! (just for the record: i can totally control myself when needed, but i would much rather play it safe than tempt and taunt myself unnecessarily!)
so i scoured the web for greek recipes to figure out what exactly was in this addictive dip! i resisted the urge to add anything extra to this recipe in order to keep it clean and as authentic as possible! this dip is packed with protein & excellent paired with fresh veggies…what’s not to love about this healthy greek appetizer!?
café medi-inspired tzatziki dip
- 1 1/2 c strained 0% greek yogurt
- 1 english cuumber, peeled, seeded, & diced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin organic olive oil
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 2 cloves minced/crushed garlic
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- fresh cracked salt and pepper to taste
you will also need:
- coffee filters
- wire/mesh strainer
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- line strainer with coffee filter and place on top of a bowl
- put the greek yogurt on the filter and let strain for a few hours until consistency is nice and thick (or overnight before you make this recipe!)
- dice peeled and seeded cucumbers up finely (or process in food processor)
- place cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with kosher salt to help release any excess water (i was
in a rushimpatient and put them inside layered coffee filters and squeezed them over the sink…worked just fine!)
- then mix your strained greek yogurt with the cucumbers and add in the rest of the ingredients.
- let chill in fridge for at least 30 min or so to let the flavors marry.
i served these with cucumber “chips” or bell-peppers for a nice low-carb crunch. pita chips are another delicious option. great game-day dip, party food or appetizer over the holidays! it’s no café medi tzatziki, but this healthy remake sure does the trick!