Finely grate cucumbers over paper towels or a clean kitchen towel, wrap tight and squeeze out the excess juice with your hands over a bowl or the sink. Discard liquid. If you have the time, you can drain it in cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve overnight.
Add yogurt to a mixing bowl, then add the drained grated cucumber and grate in ½-1 garlic clove, depending on how garlicky you like your sauce.
Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and chopped herbs. Stir till everything is well combined. Check seasoning and adjust to taste.
Refrigerate till ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in extra virgin olive oil (optional). Enjoy as a dip with pita bread or veggies, or as a sauce with your mediterranean meal.
Squeeze the excess juice from the cucumber before adding to the yogurt. Feel free to do this with a few paper towels or a clean kitchen towel over a bowl or the sink. If you have the time, drain the grated cucumber in a piece of cheesecloth or sieve set over a bowl overnight in the fridge.
Use any variety of your favorite yogurt. Whole milk Greek yogurt works best, but you can also use whole milk, low-fat or non-fat regular yogurt. Follow the steps in How To Thicken Yogurt if you'd like an even thicker consistency.
Allow the ingredients to meld together for a few hours for a milder garlic flavor. The astringency of garlic will mellow after sitting in the yogurt mix for a few hours.
The olive oil is optional but highly recommended. It adds that final touch of richness at the very end. Try not to skip it!
Prepare up to one day ahead for a party dip or appetizer spread. Simply double or triple the recipe and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve it in a bowl alongside crackers, pita chips, pita bread, potato chips and fresh sliced vegetables.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. The yogurt dip will keep for up to 5 days, but is best eaten within 2 days.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates and include olive oil. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.