Homemade tzatziki sauce is easy to make and the perfect condiment for just about everything. This Greek gyro sauce is refreshing, creamy and tangy!
Check out this yogurt sauce as a different variation here.
This cucumber dip recipe that I recently knew as the gyro tzatziki sauce was a big hit in my home. I pretty much drowned ANYTHING in my plate with it. From stuffed veggies, Musakka, grilled meats…etc. I’ve had the pleasure of having my first gyro two weeks ago in a local Greek restaurant, and it had this little bowl filled up with gyro white sauce.
Unfortunately, it was a little to the bland side. You see, I do not like plain yogurt and this yogurt cucumber recipe is the only way I will have it. Loaded with garlic,mint, salty and with lots of cucumber in it.
I’ve had a friend who always encouraged me to make this dip with Greek yogurt, but I preferred the normal plain one until…. I’ve made this recipe. I need to admit she was right.
In my old recipe I did not take the pulp out of the cucumbers. This is how I watched my mom make it and this is how I make it.
To overcome the problem of water seeping out of the cucumbers, I used to make this dip in small amounts so I do not have leftovers.
How healthy is tzatziki?
Well, in my book it is. Others, who are watching their weight, are saying it might not. Some people add sour cream or cream to the sauce which of course increases its fat content and also calories. Personally, I do not see something bad in yogurt, cucumber, garlic and some seasonings!🤷
How do you make homemade tzatziki?
IMAO, this is the best tzatziki sauce recipe :). I need to say that I liked it more with mint rather than dill. May be because I am a mintaholic!. I might add some of each next time.
- We’ll peel the cucumber and then cut it in half lengthwise.
- Scrape the seeds with a metal spoon, I ate those seeds I just love them :). I added them to some feta cheese along with tomatoes from my little veggie garden.
- Dice cucumbers finely, I personally do not like placing them in a food processor as I love some chunks in the yogurt sauce so it is something personal.
- Place cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle salt over it, leave for 30 minutes to draw out the water.
- Now take the cucumber out on a kitchen towel and dry them as much as you can.
- Add all other ingredients in a bowl then cucumber and mix well to combine.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.
This was absolutely divine with stuffed grapes. I’ve also made it to accompany my latest grilled shrimps. So tasty with anything.. seriously.
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- 2 medium cucumbers.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt.
- 2 Tablespoons fresh dill chopped.
- 2 Garlic cloves minced.
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice.
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Peel cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
Dice cucumber finely then place in a a colander and sprinkle salt . Let stand for 30 minutes to get excess water out.
Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
In a bowl, add cucumber, yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon juice and black pepper then mix well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
- If you do not have Greek yogurt, just strain normal one in cheese cloth for an hour or overnight.
- You can also use mint instead of dill.
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