Gluten Free/ Sides/ Vegetarian

GREEK TZATZIKI SAUCE (YOGURT & CUCUMBER DIP)

Tzatziki is a Greek sauce/dip that is made with yogurt, garlic, grated cucumbers, and herbs. This creamy sauce is good with everything! Add it to your sandwiches, use it as a dip, or serve it alongside rice. It comes together in under 20 minutes and keeps fresh in the refrigerator for days.

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Serve tzatziki alongside kolokythokeftedes (Greek Zucchini Meatballs).

 

Tips:

  • Grate the cucumber and set it in a collander sprinkled with salt. Let it drain for 15 minutes. Squeeze as much liquid out as possible before adding it to the yogurt.
  • My mom makes this sauce with a combination or Greek yogurt and sour cream. The sour cream adds a level or richness.
  • You can make your own Greek yogurt by lining a collander with a clean towel and pouring plain yogurt in it. Set the collander over a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Discard the whey that drips to th bottom and you will be left with thick Greek yogurt.
  •  Make the tzatziki and transfer it to an airtight container. Place 1-2 clean paper towels on top of the sauce and cover with the lid. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. The paper towel will absorb excess liquids and it will keep the sauce thick and creamy. DIscard the paper towel and serve.

Serve tzatziki with any of these Mediterranean dishes:

Creamy Tzatziki Sauce: Yogurt & Cucumber Dip

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Tzatziki is a Greek sauce/dip that is made with yogurt, garlic, grated cucumbers, and herbs. This creamy sauce is good with everything! Add it to your sandwiches, use it as a dip, or serve it alongside rice. It comes together in under 20 minutes and keeps fresh in the refrigerator for days.

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • pita bread for dipping

Instructions

1

Grate the cucumber and sprinkle with some salt. Set aside in a bowl to release excess liquid.

2

In the meantime, combine the yogurt, sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper in another bowl and mix well.

3

Squeeze the cucumber with your hands or in a clean kitchen towel and discard the liquid it releases.

4

Add the shredded cucumber to the dip and stir to incorporate. Add dill and mix well.

5

Drizzle with olive oil and your creamy sauce is ready!

6

Serve with crunchy veggies, pita, kebabs....the sky's the limit!!

7

Enjoy!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Moreno
    June 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Meant to give this 5 stars, but the mouse mis-clicked. Love this recipe! Tastes just like what I use to eat when I lived in Europe.

  • Reply
    Tony Thanas
    October 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Dimitra,

    I have used many of your recipes, so I wanted thanks, I made your tzatziki sauce and it is a bit bitter. What can i do? I used Greek yogurt some sour cream..etc

    Thanks

    Tony Thanas

    • Reply
      dimitra
      October 10, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      The only thing that can be causing it to be bitter are the cucumbers. If the cucumbers have large seeds, they can be bitter. Try using English cucumbers. They have very few seeds and the peel is soft.The peel of regular cucumbers is also bitter. hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Christina
    February 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    What happened to the list of ingredients?

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