- Bettina Applewhite
As cool as a cucumber. Tzatziki is a yogurt and cucumber based sauce that's easy to make. It can be eaten as a dip with pita chips, used as a spread on sandwiches, or used as a condiment to just about anything.
It uses cucumbers and dill so it's refreshing and has a cooling effect. It can lightened up most dishes. Try it with this recipe for lamb chops or this falafel bowl.
Ingredients Needed to Make Tzatziki
Tzatziki is easy to makes and comes together quickly. Grating the cucumber and removing the excess liquid takes the most time. Cucumbers have a lot of water but it's important to remove the excess water. When cucumbers are grated, you will notice a lot of water will come out. Pour that water off and then squeeze the grated cucumber with a cloth to remove even more water. If you skip this step, your tzatziki will be watery and diluted in flavor. For a better consistency, take the time.
Makes 1 Cup
1 Cup Greek yogurt, plain
1 Cucumber, grated, water removed (see notes above), about 1-1/2 cups
2 cloves garlic, minced into a paste
1/4 Cup Fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Juice of Half a Lemon
Salt & Pepper, to taste
After grating cucumber and removing excess water, add grated cucumbers to a medium bowl.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Add salt and pepper last and adjust to your taste preference. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to overnight before serving. Can remain in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.