Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Tzatziki

I know this isn’t very fallish of me, but I had to share my tzatziki recipe. šŸ˜€Ā  I have been making this a lot lately and just can’t get enough.Ā  You can still find wonderful cucumbers in the store, so why not?Ā  For those of you that aren’t familiar with tzatziki, it is made of cucumbers, Greek yogurt, and garlic.Ā  It is traditionally made with dill, but not for this girl.Ā  Dill can be so overpowering, and I enjoy the other flavors too much.Ā  It is a versatile and delicious dip/sauce and is very healthy.Ā  It is great on salads and sandwiches, and paired with chicken or beef.Ā  It is also a delicious dip for chips, pita bread, or raw veggies. I love it spooned on top of broccoli, yes broccoli!Ā  It is a delicious combo that I stumbled upon one day.Ā  It can also be used as a salad dressing.Ā  For anyone watching their calories, it is a great alternative to adding more fatty accompaniments, like cheese or dressings.Ā  I hope you all enjoy my version of this classic Greek sauce/dip!

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1 Ā½ cups Greek yogurt (2% of full milk fat)
  • 1 Ā½ regular garden cucumbers
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Peel and cut up the cucumbers into chunks, then peel and dice the garlic. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and run until smooth. The tzatziki will need to strain, as it will be very runny at this stage.
  • Place a large mesh strainer over a large bowl (large enough to catch the liquid). Completely line the strainer with coffee filters. Carefully pour the tzatziki from the food processor into the strainer. Cover well and place in the fridge for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight. Once strained, use a rubber spatula to remove the tzatziki from the coffee filters and strainer, and place in a sealed container in the fridge. If you want it thinner, add some of the liquid back in and stir until desired consistency has been reached.
  • Notes

    #1 Use as a sauce for sandwiches, souvlaki, gyros, and chicken or beef.

    #2 Use as a dip the next time you have guests.

    #3 Use unstrained or minimally strained as a delicious salad dressing.

    #4 Top cooked broccoli with it. They are really tasty together.

    Try it on my Greek Salad Sandwich.

    Greek Salad Sandwich

    I am excited to bring this to Fiesta Friday #138 (your hosts this week are Mollie of The Frugal Hausfrau and Johanne of French Gardener Dines) and Throwback Thursday #55!

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    28 Responses to“Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)”

    1. CaroleBristol
      09/22/2016 at 10:49 am #

      I love this and make it all the time. I like to serve it with olives, hummous and pittas, with some Aleppo pepper flakes sprinkled on top.

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 10:59 am #

        It is really wonderful, isn’t it?

    2. 09/22/2016 at 11:51 am #

      They look tempting and easy to make!!

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 11:53 am #

        Thank you Swapna!

    3. 09/22/2016 at 12:13 pm #

      This sounds wonderfully refreshing Antonia! We’ve been having a bout of hot weather (85 degrees today) so it still feels much like summer here! Hope all is well with you!

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 6:03 pm #

        Thank you Heather! I know, right?….it is still warm here too. I am waiting for the nice crisp evenings. Things are good here and I hope they are with you as well šŸ˜€

    4. 09/22/2016 at 1:34 pm #

      I love Tzatziki and make it often. I add mint to it, instead of dill, but also like the version without herbs, like you have here. It’s so refreshing and goes so well with many foods. šŸ™‚

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 6:06 pm #

        It’s wonderful, isn’t it? I love that there are so many ways to make it, and so many uses. šŸ˜€

    5. 09/22/2016 at 1:45 pm #

      Yum! Your presentation is lovely too.

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 6:07 pm #

        Thank you so much Deborah!

    6. 09/22/2016 at 5:43 pm #

      It looks delicious, Antonia, and your suggestion of serving it with broccoli sounds perfect. I love broccoli – but only with a sauce, and this sounds the better alternative.

      • Zoale.com
        09/22/2016 at 6:15 pm #

        Thanks Millie! I decided to try it one day and was amazed at how well it paired. It’s my favorite way to eat broccoli, although I like it with olive oil and salt too.

    7. 09/22/2016 at 10:14 pm #

      Love this! Now I can’t wait to try it on broccoli! What a great idea. ANd I agree totally about the dill!

      • Zoale.com
        09/23/2016 at 9:58 am #

        Thank you Mollie! It is so tasty šŸ˜€

    8. 09/23/2016 at 12:49 pm #

      One of the best sauces around. šŸ™‚ You made it look so beautiful!

      • Zoale.com
        09/23/2016 at 5:12 pm #

        I couldn’t agree more, it is so good! Thank you for the kind words Josette!

    9. 09/24/2016 at 7:47 am #

      I love this sauce, especially with dill!

      • Zoale.com
        09/26/2016 at 4:37 pm #

        Thanks šŸ˜€

    10. 09/25/2016 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you for bringing one of my favorite foods in the whole world to FF! Love this stuff!

      • Zoale.com
        09/26/2016 at 4:40 pm #

        It is one of my favorites too Johanne šŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!

    11. Sandhya
      09/25/2016 at 9:54 pm #

      Antonia, I love tzatziki all year round too šŸ™‚ Yours looks super delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        09/26/2016 at 4:40 pm #

        Thank you Sandhya!

    12. 09/27/2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks for the recipe, Antonia. I like the idea of using it in wraps šŸ™‚ Sounds delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        09/28/2016 at 10:44 am #

        Thank you Diana! I hope you are having a wonderful visit!

    13. 09/29/2016 at 9:31 pm #

      I just love tzatziki, Antonia I am drolling over that mediterranean salad sandwich. That looks so good with the sauce. If only I could eat bread.

      • Zoale.com
        09/29/2016 at 10:32 pm #

        Me too, I could eat it everyday. Thank you for the kind words! I didn’t realize you had given up bread. Is it just for now? I have done that before on diets, and it is so hard.

    14. petra08
      09/30/2016 at 7:29 am #

      I could eat taziki every day of the week with pretty much anything! Right, need to make some tonight for dinner as I am feeling inspired šŸ™‚

      • Zoale.com
        09/30/2016 at 8:28 am #

        Me too, it is so delicious! I hope you enjoyed it šŸ˜€

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