Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce is delicious appetizer dip that’s great for any gathering! This legendary creamy yogurt sauce /dip is easy to make at home with just few everyday ingredient. This Whole 30, Keto and Paleo recipe is also gluten free. 

You make this restaurant quality authentic tzatziki by combining thick and creamy Greek yogurt with cool crisp cucumbers and spiced with garlic, dill, and lemon. It is simple, fresh, and healthy.

Pair the dip with spiced pita bread and fresh veggies for quick meze snack and instantaneously be transported to most coveted Greek Islands.. I sure can’t wait to get back there.

If you’re looking for an easy yet satisfying creamy dip recipe, this is it! All you have to do is combine few easy to find ingredients and mix them up and Voila !!

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HERE’S HOW I LIKE TO EAT IT

Cut the whole wheat pita bread in triangles. Lightly drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over those triangles.

Sprinkle some chili lime seasoning over. Put it in toaster oven and light toast for 5 minutes.

Warm pita toast with tangy seasoning is purely gourmet. These dippers elevate the tzatziki experience to pure bliss level. Do try it.

Pita bread cut into triangles and drizzled with olive oil and chili lime seasoning

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

This also is my favorite dip to use in a Mezze Platter. You can serve it up with soft pita bread, crunchy pita chips, fresh veggies, crostini or crackers.

This creamy dip can be used in a wide range of dishes. You can spoon it onto whatever main grilling dish you may be making.

It also is a perfect sauce to drizzle on gyros, burgers, falafel, salads or sandwiches.

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INGREDIENTS

Thick creamy Greek yogurt – star ingredient. I use store brought 5% fat variety.

Cucumber – for cool crisp and refreshing bite. I use English hothouse type. If seeds feel tough, please remove. We also squeeze out excess water.

Fresh Garlic – minced garlic adds a wonderful zest and flavors to this dip. Though it feels odd, yogurt and garlic are match made in heaven.

Fresh herbs – classic recipes use dill and parsley. If you don’t like dill, skip it. Other herbs like basil and chives also work.

Olive Oil – I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil for fruity flavor and to further amp up the creamy quotient.

Fresh Lemon Juice – Greek food is incomplete without refreshing pop of fresh lemon juice.

Salt and fresh ground pepper – to balance and round up the flavors.

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HOW TO PREVENT WATERY TZATZIKI 

This recipe comes together in minutes. However, there’s one step you absolutely shouldn’t skip.

To keep the dip creamy and thick, do squeeze out as much liquid out of the grated cucumbers as possible.

If you have time, you can let them sit till water drips around in colander but usually squeezing it in tight fist also works. No one likes runny and watery Tzatziki sauce. So do NOT skip this step.

CUCUMBERS FOR FACE CLEANING

As a side note, plain cucumber water (without added salt) is greatly beneficial to skin nourishment. I often save the squeezed water and massage it on my face. I also like to use it as a face wash.

This water is full of potassium and very hydrating. It instantly brightens the skin tone besides giving the refreshing feel.

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IF YOUR YOGURT IS NOT THICK

If you notice that your yogurt isn’t thick, you might want to strain it. That will get rid of excess water and make the tzatziki thicker.

Put the large piece of cheesecloth over the colander. Move the colander in the sink or the put it over a bowl. Add the yogurt over the cheesecloth. Let it strain for about a half hour to an hour. 

If you are in a hurry, skip straining the yogurt. You can also serve this dip at room temperature if there’s no time for chilling it.
A hand holding pita bread triangel dipped in thick yogurt cucumber sauce.

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Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Authentic Greek Tzatziki easy to make at home. This restaurant
style Tzatziki made with Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce tastes amazing. It is simple, fresh and healthy. Use it as
a dip, sauce or salad dressing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 English cucumber, grated and water squeezed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice ( about 1 medium lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill + parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

    Prepare the cucumber: Grate the cucumber. (Peeling them is optional) and squeeze the excess water out.

    Mix everything together: In a bowl, combine the yogurt with grated
    cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, herbs and salt. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top.

    Gently mix everything together. Taste and adjust the seasoning, as necessary.

    Chill then serve: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour before serving. Drizzle some olive oil and ground black pepper on top
    and serve.

Notes

1) Store the dip in covered glass bowl or wrap the glass bowl with tight clinging saran wrap. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

2) IF YOUR YOGURT IS NOT THICK

If you notice that your yogurt isn't thick, you might want to strain it. That
will get rid of excess water and make the tzatziki thicker.

Put the large piece of cheesecloth over the colander. Move the colander in the sink or the put it over a bowl. Add the yogurt over the cheesecloth.  Let it strain for about a half hour to an hour. 

3) Slice the cucumber lengthwise. If the seeds appear tough, scrape out the center with a spoon. Then either finely dice it or grate it.

Use your hands to squeeze the grated cucumber. Try to get out as much liquid as possible.

4 )If you are in a hurry, skip straining the yogurt. You can also serve this dip at room temperature if there's no time for chilling it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce”

  1. I lived in the Middle East for several years and have come to really adore the flavours of the Levant. This brings me back and I am going to make it as part of my dinner.

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