Tzatziki Salad

Ever have an aversion to a certain type of food?

I have a lot of friends who after two years of only eating Subway sandwiches in the dorms at college because they were too scared to eat in the cafeteria, can not even stomach stepping into a Subway ever again.
If I ever go get Subway, the second I step in I am transported back to college because, for good or bad, that smell is unforgettable.
Without going into gory details, I will tell you I have an aversion to gyros. Just trust me when I say it wasn’t pretty. And now unfortunately I can not even go close to a gyro without thinking I am going to barf.
The worst part is that I miss that beautiful tzatziki sauce. Because, really, isn’t that the best part?

So, why not enjoy tzatziki sauce on its own?
I know I am not the first person to think of this. I am just a girl who wants some tzatziki without ever having to come in contact with a gyro again.
2 Seedless Cucumbers
1 ½ Cups Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon of Lemon Zest
1 Teaspoon of Dill, finely chopped
1 Garlic Clove, grated
½ Teaspoon of Salt
¼ Teaspoon of Pepper
Optional: Serve with Toasted/Grilled Pita Quarters and Feta Cheese

Wash the cucumbers then cut them in half width-wise. Using a vegetable peeler, start peeling the cucumber halves into thin, long ribbons. Place the ribbons in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl combine the greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Whisk all ingredients together.

Then add in the dill, garlic, salt, and pepper and mix until evenly incorporated.

You can mix the dressing with the cucumbers in a bowl and eat that in a traditional salad kind of way.

Or if you want to be fancy, you can toast or grill some pita bread, make a little pile of cucumber on top, then drizzle with the dressing, and finish with a sprinkle of feta cheese and a little fresh dill.

New spin on a classic that will keep you far away from the gross gyro!

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  • Maris (In Good Taste)
    March 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Ooh. Couscous is my food aversion but I don’t want to talk about it!
    Tzatziki though? Yum!

  • Ashley
    March 2, 2012 at 3:06 am

    This looks wonderful: I’m all about bright and fresh food right now!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    March 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Tzatziki sauce is definitely underutilized. Who says you only have to use it in gyros?! What a wonderful way to use up the sauce – nice and healthy.

    As for your college friends who gag just at the thought of Subway because of overeating them in college, I feel them. I can’t even look at cup noodles or ramen ever again. It was my life supply in college.

  • George @
    March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Cool Idea! I’m digging the zest…

  • Anita at Hungry Couple
    March 1, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Yummy. I love tzatziki and make a low fat version that we enjoy on all kinds of sandwiches and with veggies. Not a gyro in sight 🙂