If you’ve ever found yourself in a food rut, especially while on a diet, you know how easy it can be to fall off track. Eating the same old thing, day after day, can make it difficult to look forward to a meal. Sometimes though, all you need is a simple sauce to perk things up! Enter, this easy to make Tzatziki Sauce recipe!
I love Tzatziki Sauce for it’s refreshing, cool, but zesty flavor. The cool cucumber mixed with garlic and lemon are a delicious balance. I love it for it’s versatility. It can be served as a dip with vegetables, pita bread, as a sauce on a wrap, or even a topping to a dish.
Tzatziki Sauce is also incredibly easy to make, with very few ingredients!
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What is Tzatziki?
The tzatziki sauce is a Mediterranean dish, coming to us from Greece. It’s typically made with plain Greek yogurt, fresh dill, garlic, lemon, and cucumbers.
Once you make this dip, you can use it as a fresh dip for veggies, as a spread on a sandwich, or to top off this amazingly delicious Greek Chicken & Rice Bowl.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce
There are a few extra steps in making an authentic Greek Tatziki Sauce that will help yours stand out. However, this is a super simple recipe that takes minutes to whip up!
First, you will need to start with fresh ingredients! Fresh dill, fresh garlic, fresh cucumber and fresh lemon are critical. I repeat, only use fresh ingredients in this recipe!
The first thing you’ll want to do is take your cucumber and grate it into a bowl. When you’re finished grating the cucumber, sprinkle some salt and stir it in well. This will extract excess water from the cucumber.
After the cucumber has sat in the bowl for about 10 minutes, use a cheesecloth, or paper towels, to wring out the water. Give it a good squeeze and remove as much moisture as you can!
Then, finely crush the fresh garlic and add it to the cucumber, along with the yogurt, lemon juice and dill. Mix well, and voila!
Some people also add a bit of mint to their Greek Tzatziki Sauce, and others drizzle a touch of extra virgin olive oil.
Either way, let it sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavor to marry.
Simple and Easy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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- Greek Chicken and Rice Bowl
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Classic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 Lemon
- 1 cucumber
- 2 tbsp Fresh Dill
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Wash and dry all produce
- Peel and de-seed cucumber, then shred half of the cucumber into a bowl
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the cucumber and let sit for 5 minutes
- In separate bowl, combine the greek yogurt, dill, and crushed garlic cloves, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to yogurt mixture and mix well
- Go back to the bowl of cucumber and remove all excess moisture and squeeze the shredded cucumber dry.
- Add shredded cucumber to the rest of the ingredients and mix well
- Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with a sprig of dill