I’ve been slightly obsessed with radishes lately. I am seeing them everywhere…beautiful pictures in magazines, huge bundles at the farmer’s market, piles at the co-op. They are gorgeous this time of year, spicy, crunchy and so fresh! So when I came across this recipe I knew I had to make it. And I’m so, so glad I did! Similar to the gyro dip you always ask for more of (OK, well I also ask for more of), with the same addictive qualities.
This radish and cucumber tzatziki is a garlicky, flavorful dip. It is the perfect accompaniment to pita chips, fresh vegetables, or as a spread on a sandwich. Light and fresh, this is a creamy cucumber sauce worthy of a greek restaurant. The addition of radishes gives it a spicy, crunchy kick that elevates this dip.
A few tips on making this Radish and Cucumber Tzatziki dip. Cucumbers have a high water content and the more water you can squeeze out out of the shredded cucumber, the better this dip is. I also found that squeezing my radishes helped as well as you do not want to your dip to become too runny. This dip went together quickly after using a food processor to shred the cucumber and the radishes. Of course if you don’t have a food processor, you could grate both of these vegetable.
Radish and Cucumber Tzatziki
- 1 cucumber peeled and seeded
- 10 radishes trimmed
- 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
- 2 medium sized garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh mint minced
- 2 Tablespoons fresh dill minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Using a food processor, finely shred the cucumber.
Wrap the shredded cucumber in cheesecloth or a clean dishtowel and wring unit all of the water is out of the cucumber.
Place cucumber in a fine meshed strainer (or over another piece of cheesecloth) over a bowl and allow to rest.
Using a food processor, finely shred the radishes.
Wrap the shredded radishes in cheesecloth or a clean dishtowel and wring until the water is out of the radishes.
Add the radish shreds to the strainer (or piece of cheesecloth) that holds the cucumber, allowing them to continue draining while you finish the rest of the dip.
In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
Add cucumbers and radishes to dip, mix well.
Place into refrigerator for 1 hour to allow flavors to combine.
Stir well, garnish with radish and cucumber shreds or thinly sliced scallions and serve.