Cook's Hideout: Tzatziki Sauce

September 18, 2015

Tzatziki Sauce

Buffet on Table: Week 3 -- Condiments from Countries
Day 16: Greece - Tzatziki Sauce

After yesterday's creamy red pepper walnut dip, today I have a creamy yogurt dip from Greece. Tzatziki sauce needs only 3 main ingredients -- thick yogurt, cucumber, dill and that's it you can make a delicious dip that makes pita or falafel sandwich so much better. I even ate it by the spoonfuls.
Greek Yogurt Dip
My husband has an aversion to yogurt -- he can't tell it's smell, color or texture. I enjoy yogurt based dishes quite a bit but don't make them often. Even though I was tempted to try tzatziki at home, I was never really motivated enough. So this condiments week was the perfect time to make this dip and enjoy it all by myself :-)
Greek Yogurt Dip

Fresh Dill leaves
I saw this recipe in Cooking Light magazine on one of my trips to the library. That issue had a beautiful spread of non-cook summer sauces perfect for this week's theme. I noted the recipes down and the idea to make this Tzatziki sauce and the Muhammara came from that article.
This recipe uses some sour cream along with 2% Greek yogurt. I've never added sour cream in lieu of yogurt in raitas, but was totally surprised how creamy and tangy the dip ended up being. I'm going to try this trick in making raitas too now. 
Greek Yogurt Dip

Greek Yogurt (2% reduced fat) - ⅓cup
Sour Cream - ⅓cup
English Cucumber - ½cup, finely chopped or grated
Fresh Dill - 1½tbsp, chopped
Lemon juice - 1~2tsp
Garlic - 1 clove, finely minced
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Place cucumber on a kitchen towel; squeeze and remove the excess liquid.
  • Combine cucumber and the remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
  • I served it with chickpea croquettes and pita.
Greek Yogurt Sauce

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  1. The fresh green ..its pulling me..its a treat to get such fresh herbs...the sauce looks delicious and tempting.

  2. I don't like plain yogurt but love yogurt based dishes. This is a nice sauce to serve with grill food, specially meats.. :)

  3. I guess we dreamed of the same condiments except to be posted on different days .Yours looks absolutely stunning.

  4. Tzatziki looks so rich and creamy.Same pinch

  5. The sauce is great, so is that lush green dill..such beautiful picture...I too enjoyed it when we made it..and yes I too added the homemade sour cream..

  6. Beautiful pictures..Yummy..Never used dill before with yogurt.Will try soon

  7. Loved your dill picture. Such a flavorful herb right? great sauce

  8. Creamy and lipsmacking sauce, love it to the core..

  9. Oh! I can't live without yogurt. And any yogurt based sauce is most welcome. I also made this and loved it.

  10. Me too loved and ate it a bowlful.

  11. yummy!!! would love to finish that bowl!!

  12. You would think I would be sick of seeing tzatziki sauce after seeing all the recipes in the last hour while commenting but when food is plated and presented as beautifully as you do in your photos, you gave me my daily dose of food porn - photos are just gorgeous!!!


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