This Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce is less for dipping and more for slathering all over my Grilled Chicken Skewers. It is perfect as a stand alone dip but is also amazing as a sauce for sandwiches, grilled chicken or a salad dressing. I use an English cucumber here but use any cucumber that you happen to have on hand. The fresh mint is what I think makes this sauce so good. It is like a tzatziki sauce, but a little thicker with the Greek yogurt. You can also use regular yogurt, but strain it overnight. I put a coffee filter inside of a fine meshed strainer and let it sit over a bowl in the fridge overnight. The water will drain out and you will have a very thick yogurt perfect for making this sauce.
TIP – The best dinner parties that I have ever had are the ones that are the most casual. Simple food, beers and wine that guests can serve themselves. No fancy table settings. Kids running around all over the place. If someone asks what they can bring, I usually tell them to bring beer and wine. I love the process of cooking and usually my meal is revolving around a theme. But if someone insists on bringing something I usually ask them to bring a dessert.
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 Tablespoon minced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 English cucumber peeled and grated (or you can just chop it very fine)
If you grate the cucumber (which I prefer over chopping it) you need to get the excess water out of the cucumber. I wrap it in a kitchen towel and squeeze the water out until it is almost dry. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well. I do make this dip a few hours before I am going to serve it. You can make it ahead of time and it will taste delicious but the water will start to come out of the yogurt and cucumbers so you will need to mix until it comes back together.
Serve with pita chips or with my Grilled Chicken Skewers. Check back tomorrow to see what else is on the menu for our Greek Feast dinner party.