Tzatziki is, hands-down, one of my favorite things to eat in summer.
And as someone who runs hot naturally, this is one of the best recipes to keep me healthy and balanced.
With cooling cucumber as the main ingredient, you don’t want to eat too much of this unless (a) you have strong digestion, (b) you tend to run hot, and (c) it’s hot outside.
And oh man does this tzatziki hit the spot when the temperature is high!
The second ingredient in this tzatziki recipe is Greek yogurt.
It might surprise you to hear that yogurt is a bit controversial in natural health circles.
Because it’s made of dairy, yogurt can contribute to dampness in your system.
Still, yogurt has a good reputation beause it’s fermented.
This means that it adds good bacteria to your gut, which help your digestion and hormone balance overall.
But despite the beneficial bacteria in yogurt, dairy actually slows down digestion.
So you should only have it if you have a strong digestion and aren’t experiencing dampness symptoms like heaviness, bloating, allergies, fatigue, or foggy-brain.
And because raw cucumbers and yogurt both contribute to dampness in your body, you want to limit your consumption of tzatziki unless the weather is dry or you run dry.
The one thing that’s for certain is that the ONLY yogurt you should ever buy is pasture-raised, hormone-free, and preferably organic and unpasturized (to keep as many gut-health supporting bacteria in there as possible).
Make it yourself using the best quality milk or switch out the dairy for coconut yogurt.
But yogurt controversy aside, tzatziki has one more health-promoting benefit.
And that’s the inclusion of fresh herbs.
Fresh herbs are incredible for boosting digestion and circulation, and many are filled with beneficial nutrients and have other health benefits, too.
Dill, for example, helps to protect agains free radicals and carcinogens.
It’s also antibacterial, helps protect against bone loss and contains a good amount of vitamin C.
Peppermint is also great, with antimicrobial and anticancer properties, a rich source of nutrients, and helps to soothe an upset tummy.
Cilantro is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
It also protects against oxidation, promotes good sleep, and can lower blood sugar levels.
I include a fair amount of fresh herbs in this recipe, but feel free to add more if you like!
Here’s how you do it:
2 cucumbers, chopped into small cubes
6 tbsp finely chopped herbs (dill, cilantro, and/or mint)
1 garlic clove minced
A generous pinch of grey sea salt
4-5 tbsp greek yogurt (or homemade or coconut yogurt)
Combine all ingredients except the yogurt in a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle the sea salt, mix well and let the combo stand for about 10-15 minutes.
Then add the yogurt, mix well again, and enjoy!
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What’s your favorite summer salad?
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