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Tzatziki Sauce in a white bowl with a brown rim garnished with three cucumber slices. On a pink tile background with cucumber, limes, garlic, mint, and dill all around.

Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tzatziki Sauce is a great staple in the Mediterranean cuisine. Add it to salads, bowls, sandwiches, pitas, or use it as a dip.


Ingredients

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  • ½ cucumber, grated (makes 1 ¾ cup)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (or 1/4-1/2 tsp dried garlic powder)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill (or more to taste)*
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint (or more to taste)*
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice (½ lemon, or sub lime)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (300g)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate the cucumber and squeeze out as much liquid out of it as you can. It shrinks down to 1 cup after squeezing.
  2. Add the cucumber, minced garlic, chopped dill and mint, extra virgin olive oil, greek yogurt, sea salt, and black pepper to a bowl and stir to combine everything well. 
  3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

* You can substitute the fresh herbs for dried. Use 1 tsp of each dried dill and dried mint.

This sauce is best made a few hours in advance because it gives all the flavors time to come together.

If you don’t have Greek yogurt, use any kind of thick yogurt - cow, sheep, goat, or vegan yogurt are all great here. If you use thinner yogurt, it will make the sauce thinner but it works just as well.

Keywords: cucumber, tzatziki, sauce

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