Greek Tzatziki Sauce is zesty condiment perfect for plenty of Greek recipes. This is a quick & easy recipe for a tasty dip or salad dressing!
This easy-to-make Tzatziki Sauce is the perfect introduction to Greek cooking and the flavors it uses. This sauce is great as a chip dip, a salad dressing, or for serving with grilled or spiced meats.
Greek Tzatziki Sauce
Greek foods are a bit of an unexplored territory for me. Sure, I’ve had a couple gyros here or there and my daughter loves baklava. Outside of that, I’m mostly a total stranger. Recently, I decided to try branching out and trying new things and Greek food was one of the first things on the menu. If you want a good idea of what Greek cooking is all about, try starting with this Tzatziki Sauce!
This Greek Sauce contains a few of the hallmark flavors of their cooking: a touch of lemon juice, plenty of Greek yogurt, olive oil, and some choice herbs! What it results in is a nice, creamy sauce with a healthy zest and twang to it. I’ve heard this stuff is perfect for spiced or grilled meats- maybe as a gyro sauce, as well- and I’m eager to try it!
In the meantime, I’ve found this stuff also makes for a wonderful dip and salad dressing. We set up a little snack tray with some carrots, cucumbers, some peppers, and some pita chips and enjoyed a good amount of it! When all was said and done, we tried it on a simple tomato and cucumber salad and it tasted amazing. Chip dip, salad dressing, or as a gyro sauce- however you use this stuff, we know you’ll love it!
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Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients
Cucumber – English cucumber, slicing cucumber- go with your favorite.
Herbs – The two classic picks here are dill or mint- pick one or the other. A bit of oregano might also work here as well!
Salt – To taste.
How to make Tzatziki Sauce
Half-peel a cucumber before shredding it using the large holes on a box grater.
Drain off the grated cucumber and squeeze out any excess moisture.
Add the cucumber to a bowl with the other sauce ingredients and mix into a consistent sauce.
The trick to making a good Tzatziki Sauce is prepping the cucumber right. First, half peel the cucumber- basically, “skipping” every other peel like we did in the picture above. Once peeled, run the cucumber through the large or coarse holes on a box grater.
Before adding the cucumber to a sauce, we want the excess liquid off of it. You deal with it by either placing in a fine-mesh sieve and pressing the liquid out that way or by drying the grated cucumber thoroughly with paper towels. Once drained, add to a bowl with the other sauce ingredients.
With all your ingredients in the bowl, mix however you please- hand mixer, stand mixer, or a bit of elbow-grease and a spoon. Mix until you have a nice, cohesive sauce. If using as a dip, garnish with a few extra drops of olive oil and some more herbs.
At this point, the Tzatziki Dip or Sauce is done! You can use it to top salads, dress sandwiches, or for dipping. However you use it, we hope you enjoy!
Can you freeze this Sauce?
- 1 1/2 cup Cucumber grated
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt plain
- 1 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Dill chopped
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp minced Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Coarse Salt
- I use a vegetable peeler to remove about half of the peel.
- I then grate on large holes of a box grater.
- Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the grated cucumber.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well mixed.
- Use right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.