Kolokithokeftedes (Greek Zucchini Fritters) with Tzatziki2 min read

Originating on the isle of Crete, Kolokithokeftedes are now popular throughout all the Greek Islands and incorporate classic Greek flavors to delicious effect. Translating to ‘zucchini meatball,’ Kolokithokeftedes make a delicious and satisfying meal, especially when paired with creamy tzatziki. In the recipe below, traditional white flour is swapped for chickpea flour, making these fritters gluten-free and packed with plant-based protein and fiber. The Greek yogurt in the tzatziki also packs an impressive protein punch, offering bone-strengthening calcium and gut-protecting probiotics. Serve with a grain salad for a satisfying and well-rounded meal. These fritters are an excellent candidate for meal planning- make a double batch and freeze them to have a healthy, quick meal at your fingertips.

Serves 2-4
Total Time: 40 minutes

Fritter Ingredients:

  • 3 large zucchini, grated
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (substitute regular flour if needed)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Fritter Directions: 

  1. In a bowl lined with a dish towel, sprinkle the zucchini with 1 tablespoon salt, and allow to drain for 10 minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. Wrap the towel tightly around the zucchini, and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible.
  3. Transfer the drained zucchini to a large bowl, and mix with the dill, mint, scallions, egg, feta, flour, and salt and pepper to taste.  
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Drop in the zucchini batter in 1 tablespoon size scoops, flattening slightly into a disk shape. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels once cooked, sprinkling with more salt while still hot. Repeat until you’ve cooked all the batter. 

Tzatziki Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or run over a microplane
  • ½ cup peeled grated cucumber squeezed dry with a dish towel
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tzatziki Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients well to combine in a small bowl, adding more lemon juice, salt or pepper to taste as needed. 


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