Greek Tzatziki Sauce
Dorie Greenspan’s classic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a versatile condiment that’s super simple to prepare. Use as a dip, sauce or even a salad dressing!
Greek Tzatziki Sauce
This Friday, the French Fridays with Dorie crew and I packed our bags and took a journey out of France and into Greece to nibble on veggies with a light and summery cucumber and yogurt dip. Tzatziki is a simple recipe composed of Greek yogurt, minced cucumber, lemon, garlic, dill, and mint. Refreshing and healthy, this tzatziki or Greek Yogurt Sauce is perfect for casual noshing on the patio before dinner yet gourmet enough to serve to company.
How to Make a Greek Yogurt Sauce
- Using Greek yogurt eliminated the step of draining the regular stuff, but both work well.
- A cup of minced, salted then squeezed dry English cucumber was mixed with 2 cups of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, dill and mint.
- Dorie suggested using tzatziki to top sandwiches, burgers or even as the dressing for a tomato salad. I stocked up on lovely summer veggies and served it with crudites.
- I found this rather bland at first try, so decided to give it some time in the fridge to allow the garlic, et al., to infuse into the dip. It was much improved hours later.
I’d use this Greek tzatziki sauce as a taming influence on a boldly flavored sandwich or as a dip for a spicy chip. I have never been a huge fan of tzatziki, so even though this certainly was an excellent recipe (my fellow Doristas will attest to that), I doubt I’ll be making it again any time soon…
PS…I left out the mint due to you know who’s food proclivities! But totally forgot that the cukes would also be a deal-breaker!
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Dorie Greenspan's Tzatziki
A classic Greek yogurt sauce with garlic, herbs and yogurt
- 2 cups greek yogurt or regular yogurt, drained overnight in a colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl
- 1 cup coarsely grated cucumber (seedless)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2–3 garlic cloves (split, germ removed and minced)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Grate cucumber, add ½ teaspoon salt and let it sit for 30 minutes. Drain well and add it to a bowl together with the yogurt.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, check for seasonings and serve cold.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
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59 Comments on “Greek Tzatziki Sauce”
Hey gal, I’m new to Tzatziki! This dip is as cool as a cucumber, Liz 🙂
I am not a fan of cucumbers, but somehow they were great in this dish. This turned out to be
very good. I love your set of little white dishes, they are so cute. Have a great weekend.
We are huge tzatziki fan and it has pretty much replaced ranch dressing at my house. It has to have lots of garlic and dill. It’s so good with grilled lamb and fish.
My favorite sauce when we go to the greek =) My mum likes it with fish, I enjoy it with beef more. Thanks for sharing Liz, looks super inviting!
Eying this as a dinner when the temperatures decide to sour again!
Such a classic recipe. Perfect for summer.
Ah, so I gather he didn’t try it because of the cucumbers. You can’t win ’em all. As long as you liked it – that is the main thing.
LOL next time you wont miss the mint then!
I think your background this week looks refreshing and light, just perfect for this recipe! 🙂
We are fans of tzatziki too. A wonder sauce!
Oh dear – another lovely creation that Bill couldn’t stomach! And what a shame after you left out the mint as well! I love this dip – it’s very refreshing and so much better than those dips I was brought up on – 1 box of sour cream mixed with one green onion dip mix xx
I love tzatziki and slather it over fish. I always make mine with Greek yogurt as well. Great photo!
this look delish dear Lizzy and always love your shots! Hope you have a nice weekend!
try to rest xo
Love dip…and this one looks and sounds delicious 🙂
you are so right. this was indeed a very versatile dip: casual and elegant at the same time. i’m sorry that you didn’t really enjoy this though. but bravo for the effort.
We go through a bucketload of tzatziki every week along with hummus, taramosalata, baba ghanoush, spicy pumpkin dip and more. If it’s been a long day we stop at 4:30 for dips and a drink. Then I don’t have to hurry with dinner. 🙂
This one definitely needs to sit. I had the opposite issue where it was really spicy when I first made it, but it mellowed overnight. I guess you’re not going to make this one again though. Oh, well. On to the duck next week! Happy Friday.
Don’t you just love this – so fresh, pairs perfectly with everything!
Happy French Friday!
It might be simple but there’s nothing simple about how it tastes. Love it with meat..
I love tzatziki — especially to eat with kabobs or pita bread. It looks delish, Liz!
Unlike you, I’m a huge fan of tzatziki. It reminds me of the amazing falafel we ate while in Paris. So good with tzatziki drizzled on top! Thank you for sharing Liz! And thank you for all your sweet words on my blog. They mean so much!