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Today is #WorldCucumberDay. 

This day was invented by cucumber growers, in England in 2011, to extol the virtues of the gallant cucumber. 

If you have cucumber at home and you don't know what to do with it today, you can make the Tzatziki. 

Tzatziki (from the Turkish word cacık), is a sauce served with grilled meats or as a dip. Tzatziki is made of salted strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and some herbs like dill, mint, parsley, thyme etc. 

It is generally served as a cold meze.

#WorldCucumberDay: Here's how to make Tzatziki

Here is how you can make Tzatziki by Blue Strawberry Caterers, Jenni Jackson

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek whole milk yogurt
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded, finely grated and drained over a colander for 1 hour
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper and chill it. 
  3. Serving ideas:
  4. Serve with lamb meatballs and pita pockets.
  5. Serve as a dip- vegetarian. Brush a pita with some olive oil and sprinkle with dukkah spices. Bake in the oven until crispy and serve.
  6. For some extra flavour, add some olive oil and some coarsely chopped fresh mint. Serve with crudite’s for a lunch snack.