Summertime Souvlaki and Tzatziki

Are you looking for an easy to make lunch or dinner that will also be a crowd-pleaser? Look to the simple, straightforward Greek tradition of souvlaki and tzatziki. Their freshness and appealing flavor will be a surefire hit!

SIMPLE SUMMER SOUVLAKI RECIPE

1/3 cup olive oil

2 lemons, juiced and zested

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 tsp oregano, dried or fresh

1 tsp dill

10 cloves garlic, chopped

1-1 ½ lb  fresh chicken tenders

1.     In a nonreactive mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the fresh chicken tenders.

2.     Add fresh chicken tenders and toss until coated. Cover and marinate overnight in refrigerator.

3.     Remove from refrigerator about an hour before grilling. As soon as they have reached room temperature, space them generously on the grill over medium flame.

4.     Cook for 4 minutes on each side and check for doneness.

5.     Once cooked through, serve immediately with grilled pita bread, chopped tomatoes, fresh cucumbers and peppers, fresh herbs, olives, and homemade tzatziki.

SUMMER TZATZIKI RECIPE

2 cups grated cucumber, skin on

2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon

3 fresh garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp sea salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 pinch of ground cumin

1.     Grate the cucumbers by hand on a box grater. Using your hands, squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the grated cucumber, and place in a mixing bowl.

2.     Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir well to combine.

3.     Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight. Stir again just prior to serving, and garnish with additional chopped mint.

4.     Serve as a condiment to souvlaki, grilled lamb or grilled pork, or as a dip for fresh crudites.

STORY BY KEITH RECKER / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE BRYCE

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