Tzatziki sauce is most noted for topping your Gyro, but it can be used in SO MANY ways!! It makes a great topping for grilled proteins, as a dip for veggies or a spread on a sandwich. The key is to use fresh, in-season produce and herbs, so NOW is the best time to whip up a batch!
The one key to this recipe is to get rid of the excess moisture in the cucumber. Seeding the cucumber first helps, but allowing the cut cucumber to drain and then squeezing out the excess moisture yields the best result. (To seed a cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.)
This is one of those things you probably never thought to make from scratch at home, but it is SO SIMPLE and DELICIOUS that it probably will be part of your regular summer rotation!! Enjoy!!
Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 Large Cucumber
- 1 Cup Plain Greek yogurt
- 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh dill finely chopped (to taste)
- 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh mint finely chopped (to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Minced fresh garlic worked into a paste (to taste)
- 1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh lemon juice about 1/2 lemon, more to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Finely mince or grate the cucumber to yield about 2 cups. (No need to peel, unless that is your preference. The peel will add nutrients and color to the final dish.) Place cucumber in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with a large pinch of salt. Mix to combine and let sit for about 15-30 minutes.
- Using your hands, squeeze the cucumber to remove excess moisture and transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
- Add yogurt, dill, mint, garlic, oil, lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Mix to combine, taste, and add additional lemon, salt and or pepper as desired.
- Transfer to a tightly covered container and refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving. Will keep refrigerated 5-7 days (dependent on the freshness of your original ingredients).