Have your tried tzatziki sauce before? It is a delightful blend of yogurt, cucumbers and fresh herbs. Traditionally it is a Greek sauce served with grilled meats or as a dip. My easy homemade tzatziki sauce recipe will be a delicious addition to your homemade condiments collection. I think it is delicious with fresh cut veggies, on a black bean burger or on top of a Feta Stuffed burger.
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
This is a smaller recipe than you may find on other websites. It makes just over 3/4 cups of sauce but I think it is the prefect amount to have on hand with out it going to waste. There is nothing I like less than wasting food! Especially good food!
How do I make Tzatziki?
Tzatiki sauce is made by combining Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves, dried dill and a dash of salt.
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 (5-6 ounce) cup Plain Greek Yogurt. (But I use vanilla because the plain is to ‘plain’ for me)
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt (for the cucumber)
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Dill. (Fresh is better if you have it but not the end of the world if you don’t)
- 12 leaves Fresh Mint (More if you love the mint flavor, less if you don’t)
- 1 clove roasted garlic (You can mince a clove of fresh garlic but I like the roasted in the recipe better. In my opinion, the fresh is too strong. But do what YOU like.)
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Directions:
Scoop out the seeds of the cucumber. This will take out a LOT of the moisture of the cucumber.
Do you have to peel cucumber to make tzatziki?
You do not have to peel the cucumber to make tzatziki sauce. I love having the dark green of the cucumber skin on the cucumber. If you are not a fan of the cucumber peel, you are welcome to peel it. I do recommend removing the seeds from the cucumber to cut down on the moisture content of the sauce.
Grate the cucumber with a hand grater.
Sprinkle the grated cucumber with salt and wrap in a paper towel or cheese cloth.
The salt will draw out the excess moisture from the cucumber.
Excess moisture in your tzatziki will make it runny. I am not a huge fan of runny tzatzki.
Allow the salt and cucumber to work for about 30 minutes.
While the cucumber and salt work together, finely mince the mint.
Once the 30 minutes is up, squeeze the cucumber to release the rest of the moisture.
Combine all the ingredients and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator so the flavors can combine fully.
How long can you keep tzatziki in the fridge?
Enjoy and store the tzatziki sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Originally published June 2015.