Is Greek Tzatziki sauce the perfect condiment? Yes, yes it is. Perfect as a sauce on your favorite greek pita or burger. Also great as a dip on it’s own. Healthy, delicious and SUPER easy to make – what could be better?
I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise on my sandwiches. The caloric price just seems to much to pay for a fairly bland form of creaminess. But with Greek Tzatziki, that ratio is basically flipped on its head: full of flavor with the calorie or fat count! This is a guilt free addition to so many dishes.
Growing up in a Mediterranean family – on both sides – tzatziki is one of the dishes I remember making first. It was always a requirement when making a batch of middle eastern meat stuffed grape leaves with the Syrian side of my family. However, like many dishes, I’ve been able to refine and improve it over time. Forever, I was simply dicing my cucumber. This is fine and dandy, but the difference when you hit that cucumber with a microplane grater is very noticeable. It infuses that cucumber flavor throughout the sauce. We also grew up making it with mint, but I’ve come around to making my greek tzatziki with fresh dill instead. It’s perfect with chicken, fish, beef or lamb!
How to Make Greek Tzatziki Sauce
Using a microplane grater, grate cucumber finely into a mesh strainer over your sink. Once cucumber is grated, push cucumber against the grater using a paper towel in order to help force moisture out. When done, move cucumber to mixing bowl . In mixing bowl , using same microplane grater , grate garlic. Add salt, fresh chopped dill, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This keeps well in the fridge for about 2-3 days. Serve is as a condiment on your favorite Greek inspired burgers, sandwiches, or on it’s own as a dip for pita chips!Print
- 1/2 english cucumber
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup greek yogurt plain
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 sprig fresh dill leaves chopped
- Using microplane grater , grate cucumber into mesh strainer. Pull out any large pieces of cucumber peel and discard.
- Press cucumber through strainer using paper towel until most liquid is strained through. Transfer cucumber to a mixing bowl .
- Next, grate garlic clove into mixing bowl using same grater.
- Juice 1/2 lemon into bowl.
- Add olive oil, salt, yogurt and fresh dill leaves. Stir until well mixed. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let flavors marry together.
- Category: Condiments
- Method: Stirring
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: Yogurt Sauce, Gyro Sauce, Tzatziki