Keto Paleo Tzatziki
This Keto Paleo Tzatziki is a variation on the traditional authentic Greek recipe. Aside for the coconut cream, I tried to keep the flavors and the preparation as close as possible to the original. Once all the flavors are blended together you will surprised to find how much similar to the original the taste will result.
It’s a great summer recipe: cool and refreshing, and nutritious at the same time.
A few tips to make this recipe as close as possible to the authentic Greek one:
- Make sure your cucumber is well-drained after you grate it. If you don’t have time to drain it overnight, add a pinch of sea salt to it, let is sit in a sieve for 30 min and then squeeze it with a piece of cheesecloth to get as much water out as you can.
- You might want to grate it in strips with the bigger side of your cheese grater or with the finer side to get a finer texture. I like both ways.
- If you make your tzatziki the day before the flavors will blend together and become smoother.
- You can add chopped dill to this recipe, it is the traditional way, but I prefer it with either a tablespoon of fresh mint, finely chopped or just plain.
The bounty of cucumbers
Did you know that organic cucumbers contain a lot of important vitamins? Here is what you get when you eat an organic cucumber: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. Conventionally grown cucumbers are grown in often depleted soils, so get organic to get the maximum health benefits!
1 cup of cucumber slices contains only 16 calories and 3 grams of net carbs, making them a moderately low carb food.
Other interesting uses for cucumbers
You can boil a pot of water with cucumber slices for a facial steam bath which is soothing and relaxing, and will relieve intense stress.
You can rub a cut cucumber on your body for about 5 minutes before getting in your bikini and look instantly more toned.
Just slice a cucumber and add it to a pitcher of water in the fridge, for a refreshing zero calorie drink!
Now to our Keto Paleo Tzatziki!
- Serves: 6 portions
- Serving size: 1 portion
- Calories: 113
- Fat: 11.6 Grams
- Carbohydrates: 2.5
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0.6 Grams
- 1 cup of cucumber, finely grated and drained overnight, see notes for instructions
- 1 cup coconut cream, see notes for instructions
- 1 large garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbs organic lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Mix all the ingredients in a non metal bowl, mixing them well.
- Refrigerate overnight so the flavors can blend.
- Serve very cold.
Coconut cream: take a can of coconut milk and refrigerate overnight. The next day, flip upside down and open. Pour out the coconut water and use the cream for the recipe.