Hey guys, hope everyone is having a lovely week. Its been really warm here in New York and my winter weight has got to go. Now that its getting warmer I'm craving light yummy salads again. I love Tzatziki and I worked in a restaurant that used to serve it with black sesame crusted lamb. I would regularly take the yoghurt sauce and cucumber and eat it over greens. While the original Tzatziki is considered a sauce originating from Turkey and Greece which is served with bread or as a side. Its cooling refreshing taste is a nice contrast to any spicy rich food. I love this salad and developed it to be my own by incorporating Pimentón (a smokey paprika from Spain) cumin and lemon.
1 large cucumber
1 8oz container of greek youghurt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon pimenton or cayenne
1 tablespoon olive oil
S+P to taste
Fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, parsley, dill) all or one is a nice addition.
Peel cucumber and de-seed using a spoon. With a mandoline cut cucumber on a bias on the second to thinnest setting. You can also cut this by hand if you dont have a mandolin or julienne. Add cucumber to a bowl and the greek yogurt. Add the seasonings, juice from half a lemon and olive oil. Mix well and taste. If you like more cumin, add more, more spice? add more, more citrus? add more lemon. Lightly toss greens with a little olive oil and lemon juice, place cucumber on top of the greens. I also like adding toasted sesame seeds or Gamasio (sesame salt). A warm pita would be lovely, makes two salads.