We love this thick and creamy yogurt sauce with fresh cucumber, lemon, dill and feta cheese. It’s brightly flavored and is perfect to serve with veggies, pita chips, grilled meats and even on sandwiches. There are two options for the yogurt. The easiest is to use Greek yogurt. However, you can also use strain plain yogurt. This removes extra moisture. To do this, place the yogurt in a fine mesh strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth or paper towels and rest it over a bowl. Place into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours so the yogurt can drain. Then, discard the liquid.
1 hothouse cucumber also called English cucumbers
2 (7-ounce) containers Greek yogurt, we use Fage
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, finely minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or substitute white wine vinegar
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
Cut cucumber in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds then discard them. Grate the cucumber. Scatter grated cucumber over a clean dishcloth (or paper towels). Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let sit at least 10 minutes. Then gather up the corners of the dishcloth and squeeze as much liquid from grated cucumber as possible. Discard the liquid.
In a medium bowl, combine squeezed cucumber with yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, apple cider vinegar, and the feta cheese. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt then taste and adjust as necessary with more salt.
Serve now or if you can spare the time, cover dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to develop flavor.