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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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Tzatziki Sauce is cool, creamy, cucumber deliciousness with a hint of dill and garlic! The creamy element comes from Greek yogurt, though if you’re dairy-free, I’ll bet coconut yogurt could work.

Tzatziki is a beautiful dip for pita chips and fresh veggies. It can be used as a meat marinade, sandwich spread, as an ingredient in appetizers and salad dressings and as a topping on my very favorite Mediterranean sandwich, gyros!

As a matter of fact, I have a recipe to make your own gyro meat at home on this blog. So, if you love gyros, you’ll have to give it a try and add this yummy tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki does need to sit in the fridge for at least an hour, before serving, and ideally it would rest overnight. So you will want to plan ahead to allow all those scrumptious flavors to marry.

This is a simple, recipe and you’re going to find so many delicious ways to use tzatziki, I can’t wait for you to try it.

How to Make Tzatziki

Simply place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir them together. It’s that easy! Remember to taste as you go and adjust the salt and pepper or other seasonings, if needed.

Store the tzatziki in an air-tight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. The flavors meld and get better as it sits. Typically, I would wait at least an hour before serving. For the ultimate best flavor, I like to leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

You can mince up some more cucumber or add a sprig of dill as garnish before serving.

Enjoy your homemade Tzatziki with chips, fresh veggies or scrumptious gyro sandwiches! It’s wonderful with pita chips or this easy Melba Toast from Fuss Free Flavors! Yum! It’s a delicious recipe for a delicious Americanized version of a favorite Greek dip/sauce.

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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce


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  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x

Description

Tzatziki is an easy creamy yogurt and cucumber sauce with a hint of dill and garlic.  This delicious condiment is often used for Greek, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern dishes. Serve tzatziki on gyros, as a dip with pita chips, as a spread on sandwiches, an ingredient in appetizers or even use it as a meat marinade or as the base for a salad dressing.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup cucumber, minced fine
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (For dairy-free try coconut yogurt. It just needs to be thick.)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Taste as you go and adjust salt and pepper or other seasonings, as needed.
  2. Cover and chill the tzatziki in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Garnish with more minced cucumber and dill before serving, if desired.

Notes

The cucumbers may continue to release liquid as the tzatziki sits.  Just stir it back into the dip.  If the liquid seems to thin the dip, too much, you can add another spoonful of Greek yogurt.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dips, Condiments, Dressings, Marinades
  • Method: Cold Prep
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

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