You can spend a fortune of dips, so making them at home is a good idea. Often you have what you need in the house (yoghurt, cucumber, chickpea’s) so it’s not like you’re heading out to buy lots of odd ingredients that you only use once. We do our own Hummus – a jar of Tahini lasts quite a while so its worth having around, and chickpea’s are a store cupboard item for us. It means we can make as much, or as little, as we like, and that we can do it dairy free. Sadly doing anything dairy free comes at a cost premium – but I’d rather make what I need at home than pay over the odds for a simple dip from the supermarkets (it means I can also adjust the flavours as I like).
Tzatziki is super simple – yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice, dill or mint, and diced cucumber. I prefer it with dill myself, and, as always with a bit more garlic. Adding some lemon zest in as well is nice. This is lovely as part of a dip selection with cut up vegetables like carrots and red peppers, crisps or flatbreads.
If you like Guacamole do make it at home as well, you just need a ripe Avocado, salt, pepper and lemon juice. You can add in chili flakes if you like but we keep it plain. Just use a fork to smash the avocado and add a good grind of pepper and salt. For a average sized avocado add in 2 Tsp of Lemon Juice and you’re done.
Dairy Free Tzatziki
- 3/4 Cup Dairy Free Greek Yoghurt We like Alpro
- 1/3 -1/2 Cucumber - diced.
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Dill
- 2 Tsp Lemon Juice plus zest of half a lemon
- 2 Smashed and minced garlic cloves
- A good grind of salt and pepper
- Just mix it all together and pop in the fridge to keep cool, use as a dip or an accompaniment with kofta's.