Greek Tzatziki is a refreshing yogurt based condiment for grilled meats and vegetables. It’s the one sauce you shouldn’t be without this summer. Thin it to become a sauce and/or salad dressing.
Greek Tzatziki sauce. What can I say but that I love it?
Need to add a little zing to grilled meats? Hit it with a little tzatziki sauce.
Does your Summer tomato sandwich need a little lift? Slather on some creamy tzatziki.
Need a refreshing dip for that beautiful vegetable tray? Include a bowl of tzatziki.
Dress up that pretty Summer salad with a refreshing creamy garlicky cucumber dressing made of thinned tzatziki.
If you’ve ever ordered a meal from a Greek or Mediterranean restaurant, you’ve probably had tzatziki. It’s most often served in a little condiment cup at the side of the plate with lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It’s meant to go on your grilled meat, but it tastes good on EVERYTHING!
What is Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt Sauce?
Tzatziki is a refreshing yogurt based condiment flavored with grated cucumber and garlic typically served in the Mediterranean. The flavor is balanced with a little lemon juice, fresh dill, salt and pepper.
Tzatziki can be served thick like a dip or thinner like a salad dressing or even a soup.
To make your tzatziki sauce thick, use Greek yogurt (strained yogurt) then salt and squeeze out the excess water from the grated cucumber. Leaving the cucumber as is results in a thinner sauce. You can further thin the sauce to your liking with additional water.
Tzatziki is easy to customize per taste with mint, dill, parsley, or even thyme.
This recipe is how I like to make it.
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- 1 cup Greek yogurt*
- 6 oz cucumber, grated
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp fresh dill, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Combine the ingredients and taste to adjust seasonings. It should me mildly tart and garlicky. Add a tiny pinch of salt if you wish.
- Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Serving size is approximately 1/4 cup (4 tbsp), with 2.5 net carbs per serving.
- For a thicker sauce or dip, lightly salt the grated cucumber then squeeze out the liquid before adding to the yogurt. Fage yogurt is best for a thick dip.
Thinner Sauce or Dressing
- For a thinner sauce or dressing, do not squeeze out the cucumber and use a thinner Greek yogurt like Chobani. If you prefer a thicker Greek yogurt like Fage, thin to desired consistency with water.