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Olive oil drizzled over Tzaziki

Tzatziki Sauce with Dried Dill

by Karen D. Insignares

Learn how to make a refreshing Tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, dried dill, and fresh garlic. It pairs perfectly with fresh veggies, naan bread, spread on a sandwich or wrap, or dolloped onto a delicious meditteranen inspired salad bowl.


What Does Tzatziki Taste Like?

Tzatziki is a refreshing spread with a creamy texture. You can use this cool, refreshing dip to mellow out bold, spicy flavors, or to add a delicious, mild  flavor to simple foods like pita bread and raw veggies. 

What Do You Eat Tzatziki With?

There are so many ways you can enjoy tzatziki. 

  • Dip into Tzatziki with pita chips or Garlic Naan Bread.
  • Spread tzatziki in a wrap or sandwich. 
  • Dollop onto a mixed green salad or rice bowl.
Mediterranean Inspired Salad Bowl with Tzatziki Sauce

How is Tzatziki pronounced?

Tzatziki is pronounced “tsah-see-key.” The “tsah” part is like saying “pizza” without the first two letters. 

Here’s a video so you can hear exactly what Tzaziki is supposed to sound like. 

How to Pronounce Tzatziki

Is Greek Tzatziki Healthy?

When you first take a bite of this creamy dip, you may think “what is this mediterranean sour cream sauce? It’s so delicious! I probably shouldn’t have too much though.” 

This mediterranean dip, commonly found on gyro wraps or next to a bowl of pita bread, is actually really healthy!

Tzatziki is made with Greek yogurt (not sour cream, haha 😅), shredded cucumber, olive oil, and flavorful herbs. Making this dip high in protein, low in calories, and full in flavor.  

Olive oil drizzled over Tzaziki

What Do You Need To Make Tzatziki?

Tools

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Grater or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • English Cucumber
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Dried Dill
  • Black Pepper

How Tzatziki Sauce is Made.

Tzatziki is as simple as draining shredded cucumber and mixing flavorful herbs and spices together. However, I want to go over some tips for making tzatziki the way you want it.

Consistency.

Chunky and Spreadable. In this recipe I use a shredder to get strands of cucumber throughout the sauce. This method makes a chunkier sauce great for adding to salad and rice bowl, and spreading on sandwiches. 

Smoother for Drizzling. To make a thinner sauce for smoother dips and drizzling, I recommend using a food processor to get a finer mince on your cucumber. It’s still important to use your hands or sieve to draw out as much water as you can.

Flavor.

Adjust the flavor to your taste. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it how you want it. I recommend using it as a guide instead of a strict set of measurements.

  • Greek Yogurt. You will need plain greek yogurt. This is the base of your sauce. You can use low fat or full fat greek yogurt.
  • Cucumber. English cucumber is the best option for this recipe because it has more crispy flesh and less seeds. However, you can use regular cucumbers. All you have to do is remove the seeds. Most importantly, always strain out as much water as you cand from the shredded cucumber before adding it to the sauce.
  • Salt. The salt is used to season the sauce and to draw water out from the cucumbers before mixing them in.
  • Lemon Juice. The lemon juice adds to the refreshing flavor.
  • Olive Oil. A small amount of olive oil goes a long way to adding flavor and smoothing out the tart flavor of the greek yogurt.
  • Garlic. Garlic is generally spicy, and the amount you add is based on your preferences. The longer you let the garlic sit in the greek yogurt, the milder the flavor will get. If you prefer a pungent, spicy garlic taste, add it in just before serving.
  • Dried Dill. I use dried dill in this recipe because of convenience. I don’t usually have fresh dill at hand. As the dried dill sits in the mixture, it will start to hydrate and give more flavor to the sauce. When using fresh dill, a little goes a long way. Add it towards the end as the flavor will get more potent as it sits in the greek yogurt.
  • Black Pepper. Black Pepper adds a little bit of a kick to the sauce, Like the garlic, this flavor will mellow out the longer it sits in the greek yogurt.

Important: Wait about 5 minutes in between adding ingredients and tasting, as it takes a little bit for the flavors to meld into the greek yogurt.

Spoonful of Tzatziki Sauce with Dried Dill

Can Tzatziki Sauce Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes! I recommend making Tzatziki in advance. When you make Tzaziki the night before, the flavors have more time to blend together. The longer the ingredients have to meld with the Greek yogurt, the more flavorful your dip will be.

How Long Will Tzatziki Last in The Fridge?

Tzatziki will last three days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Tzatziki?

I would not recommend freezing this sauce. Because it’s mainly greek yogurt and cucumber, freezing will change the texture, and may not be pleasant once it’s thawed.


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Tzatziki Sauce

A refreshing Tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, dried dill, and fresh garlic. It pairs perfectly with fresh veggies, naan bread, spread on a sandwich or wrap, or dolloped onto a delicious meditteranen inspired salad bowl.
Recipe by Karen D. Insignares
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Approx Cost of Recipe: $3
Servings: 10 servings (1/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded English cucumber, 1/2 an English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper

Instructions

  • Add shredded cucumber to a small bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then squeeze out the excess water.
  • In a bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon salt, greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, dried dill, coarse clack pepper, and shredded and strained cucumber.
  • Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes and then taste. Adjust flavors to taste. *

Notes

*More garlic and pepper will make it spicier, more olive oil will smooth out the tart flavor of the yogurt, and more cucumber will make it more refreshing.

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