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I love recreating my favorite Mediterranean dishes at home, such as tabbouleh, baba ganoush, and this refreshing cucumber yogurt sauce. I like to serve this sauce with pita bread as an appetizer, or accompany it with grilled chicken or lamb as a main dish.
Every time I go to my local Greek restaurant, I ask for a side of tzatziki sauce. This fresh and creamy seasoning is an excellent sauce for meats, vegetables, potatoes, bread and more. My version of this classic dish can be on the table in 10 minutes and will make any Mediterranean-style meal taste more authentic.
What is tzatziki?
Tzatziki sauce is a yogurt-based sauce that is popular in Greek and Turkish cuisine. The sauce contains a Greek or strained yogurt, along with cucumbers, olive oil, an acidic component such as lemon or vinegar juice, and fresh herbs. This sauce is served cold and is generally offered as an appetizer.
How is tzatziki sauce made?
Start with an English cucumber, then mash it with a box grater. Squeeze out excess water from the grated cucumber, then place it in a bowl with Greek yogurt, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, and dill. Stir everything until well combined. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and more dill, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect yogurt sauce
- I like to use full-fat yogurt for the creamiest sauce, but low-fat, low-fat yogurt will work, too.
- This sauce works best with Greek yogurt. If you don't have Greek yogurt, you can strain plain natural yogurt and use it instead.
- While I like the taste of dill in this tzatziki sauce, other great options include parsley, mint, chives, or a combination of herbs.
- I use English cucumber in my tzatziki because it is seedless and has thin skin. You can use a traditional waxy cucumber, just make sure to peel it and remove the seeds. Small Persian cucumbers also work very well.
- You can add other flavors to your sauce, including diced kalmata olives, or add more side dishes like roasted pine nuts or sun-dried tomatoes.
How long will tzatziki last?
This sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make sure to stir well before serving, and add any garnish at the last minute. I do not recommend freezing this recipe, as the yogurt may curdle or separate upon thawing.
Is tzatziki sauce healthy?
Tzatziki sauce contains ingredients that are considered healthy, such as yogurt, olive oil, and cucumbers. This is a protein-packed sauce that's packed with nutrients and a great addition to any healthy eating plan. If you look at your calories, be sure to choose low-fat or fat-free yogurt.
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Whether you are serving this sauce with grilled chicken or as a lighter snack option, it is sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends!
More Mediterranean dishes
- Fattoush salad
- homemade chickpea cream
- Souvlaki chicken
- Dip Muhammara
- Chopped greek salad
Salsa Tzatziki Video
This tzatziki sauce is a creamy mix of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs, all mixed together to make a condiment or hot sauce. Homemade tzatziki takes just a few minutes and tastes much better than what you would buy at the grocery store.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 minute Total time: 11 minutes
Servings: 8 Calories: 62kcal
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt, I prefer full fat, but low fat and fat free also work
- 1 cup of grated cucumber I use English cucumber
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil and more to decorate
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- Squeeze out excess water from the cucumber.
- Place the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
- Stir until mixture is well combined.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Garnish with a sprinkle of olive oil and chopped dill before serving.
Calories :: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 71mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8 IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1 mg