It’s the season for cooking and entertaining. Host a Greece-style holiday party, complete with fabulous Greek dishes. We want to thank Skordalia.net for this fabulous cucumber and yogurt dip recipe.
Your guests will ooh and ahh over this delicious dip, and you will feel like you’re are back on the beautiful Greek island of Skopelos in Northern Sporades.
Cucumber and Yoghurt dip
Total preparation time : 15 minutes
Quantity this recipe will make : 10 servings or more
List of Ingredients :
- 2 medium size cucumbers
- 400g strained yoghurt
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. wine vinegar
- a little salt
- fresh chopped fennel
- 1 olive
Preparation Instructions :
Peel cucumbers and grate each one length-wise with course grater. Salt, allow to drain and press out excess liquid from grated cucumbers. Peel garlic cloves, remove sprout if it exists and crush them. Mix cucumber, garlic, vinegar and salt. Fold the yoghurt and the olive oil into the mixture.
Serving instructions :
Add the chopped fennel to garnish and the olive in the centre. Instead of fennel, you may use fresh chopped mint or fresh chopped dill.
Made from thick, rich sheep’s milk yoghurt, this tangy sauce is part of the meze table in every Greek tavern. For a similar consistency with cow’s milk yoghurt, you must first drain it of excess water. The sauce is delicious served with fried eggplant and zucchini, lamb chops or meatballs, or as a dip for pita bread.
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Studies show that following a Mediterranean-style diet can not only help you lose weight, but also decreases your risk of heart disease and cancer. The Greeks, in particular, have managed to cultivate a low-fat and delicious cuisine that is well worth imitating. Perhaps you can get a few pointers on a yacht charter to the Cyclades Islands, where food is done right.
The Greek diet features whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, dairy, and lean proteins. Healthy fats, such as olive oil, replace butter. Greeks also occasionally indulge in a drink, but not high-calorie mixed drinks, but rather hearth-healthy red wines.
You, too, can benefit from such a diet, simply by making a simple shift while still at the grocery store.
- See green: Dark green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, are best.
- Whole grains: Choose whole wheat over processed breads and pastas.
- Go lean: Meats like fish or chicken are preferred over red meats.
- Beans: Canned beans are handy, but don’t forget about incorporating dried beans into your menu.
- Berry good: Fresh fruits that are high in antioxidants can be consumed as a snack or with a meal.
- Delicious dairy: Low-fat milks and cheeses are tasty and good for you.
- Be nutty: Almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts give your body healthy fats that it needs while helping you feel full.
- Can’t believe it’s not butter: Use extra virgin olive oil in place of butter or margarine. It has monounsaturated fats, which lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL).
Switching to a Greek-style diet is a lifestyle change to which you can adhere and enjoy, whether you’re on a Greece yacht charter or in the comfort of your own home.
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