Tzatziki Sauce is a versatile, yogurt based sauce flavored with ingredients that include cucumber, garlic, and lemon. It’s incredibly easy to prepare and you can serve it with fresh vegetables, fresh pita or pita chips, or as an accompaniment for other dishes.
When we think about a Greek staple that goes with almost anything, Tzatziki is it! We wanted to get this recipe out to you, so that you can pair it with other dishes in the future! Specifically, our Keftedes pair perfectly with it.
HOW TO MAKE TZATZIKI SAUCE
- Grate the unpeeled cucumber.
- Place the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth, and squeeze the excess water out.
- Place the grated cucumber in a bowl with the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are combined well.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE WHOLE GREEK YOGURT FOR SOMETHING ELSE?
While we believe that whole Greek yogurt tastes the best with Tzatziki Sauce, we have also made it with 2% Greek yogurt, and even sour cream for a slightly different twist.
SHOULD I PREPARE THE TZATZIKI SAUCE IN ADVANCE?
We recommend preparing the sauce in advance. It will be more flavorful after allowing it to refrigerate overnight or for at least 4-5 hours before serving.
CAN I USE DRIED HERBS IF I DON’T HAVE FRESH?
Good quality dried herbs are a fine substitute for fresh herbs. For this recipe, we used dried dill. If you prefer to use fresh dill, a general rule of thumb is to use 3 times the amount of fresh to dried. For example, 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh dill is equal to 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill.
HOW LONG DOES TZATZIKI KEEP IN THE FRIDGE?
If stored in an airtight container, this sauce will last up to 3 days.
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt whole
- 1/3 english cucumber unpeeled
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp dill dried
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Grate the cucumber into a bowl.
- Place the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth, and squeeze out all the excess water.
- Place the drained cucumber into a bowl with the yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Combine thoroughly.
- Refrigerate the Tzatziki Sauce overnight or for at least 4-5 hours before serving.