Haydari (Constantinople Tzatziki)

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When you think of Greek tzatziki, you think of yogurt, cucumbers, and lots of garlic.  This version hails from Constantinople and does not include garlic.  Instead, it uses yogurt and feta to create rich and creamy tzatziki.  It is super easy to make and goes well with meats or as a simple appetizer with Keto crackers. 

Grate your carrot and cucumber and mix with salt and vinegar. 

grated carrot and cucumber

Grate your carrot and cucumber.


strained carrots and cucumber

Strain your carrot and cucumber.

Add Olive Oil, Salt, chopped fresh mint, and white wine vinegar. 

Olive Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Sea Salt, and Fresh Mint

Olive Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Sea Salt, and Fresh Mint

Combine your feta, Greek yogurt, and chopped mint, along with your carrot and cucumber. 

feta yogurt and chopped mint

Greek Feta cheese, Greek yogurt, and chopped fresh mint.

Combine and chill for two hours. 

haydari Constantinople tzatziki

Haydari Constantinople Tzatziki


Haydari (Constantinople Tzatziki)

Haydari (Constantinople Tzatziki)

Do you hate tzatziki because it has garlic? Try this refreshing alternative to tzatziki that does not include garlic. The amounts used in this recipe make enough for 1 or 2 servings. You can easily double and triple this recipe.
prep time
10 min
cooking time
20 min
total time
30 minutes and 2 hours chilling time


  • Mixing bowl

  • Strainer

  • Box grater


  • ½ cup Greek strained yoghurt (Fage brand)

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled (or 2 small Persian cucumbers)

  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

  • ½ Tsp Salt


Wash and Peel the cucumber and carrot. Using a box grater, grate the carrot cucumber.
Add the salt and vinegar and let it sit for 15 minutes in a strainer over a bowl. Then using your hands squeeze out all the water.
In a large mixing bowl, add the drained cucumber, yogurt, olive oil, feta cheese, and chopped mint. Mix well. Taste to adjust seasonings, but don’t make it too salty.
Let it chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Kali Orexi!


I use the brand Fage. I’m very picky with my yogurt and I feel that is the only brand that says “Greek yogurt.” If you read the label and there are thickeners in your brand, then it is not true Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt only has 2 ingredients: milk and active cultures! That’s it! So choose your favorite Greek brand that only has these 2 ingredients.

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