Try Something New: Purslane Tzaziki

Purslane is in season and available at your local farmer's markets. This unassuming vegetable is a true nutritional powerhouse; it is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids of any green, leafy vegetable and is packed with potassium and magnesium. Most people add it to salad but I decided to combine it with another healthy favorite of mine: tzaziki. Tzaziki is a condiment known by various names throughout Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Caucasus mountains. Made from yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic it is used for gyros, as a dip for veggies and a condiment for baked potatoes. It is easy and fast to make and the purslane makes it even healthier.




  • 1/2 cup of peeled and grated cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup of purslane leaves: strip off the stems and cut if necessary


  • 2 gloves or garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste

Serves 4


  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Chill for 30 minutes to an hour
  3. Serve and enjoy!