homemade tzatziki as a veggie dip
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Homemade Tzatziki

This easy homemade tzatziki is made with plain Greek yogurt and garden-fresh cucumbers, and is a delicious dip or sauce.
Make at least 2 hours before serving.
Makes approximately 2 cups of sauce.  Makes 32 conservative 1 TB servings, or about 6-8 larger servings.
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 32 people
Calories 9kcal
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber (medium-size)
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (optional)
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber, and scoop the seeds out with a spoon.
    Tip: The seeds and skin can add a bitter flavor to the sauce.  Make sure not to skip this step!
  • Add the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to a blender or food processor.  Blend until creamy.  (The sauce will be very runny at this point.)
    No Blender / Food Processor Alternative: Finely dice or grate the cucumber and garlic, and stir the ingredients together with a spoon.
  • Strain the sauce for at least 2 hours by pouring it into an ultra fine mesh sieve or a mesh sieve lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth.  Place the sauce in the fridge while it strains.
  • Just before serving, drizzle the sauce with olive oil (optional), and garnish with fresh dill.
  • Leftovers / Make Ahead:
    This sauce is best the first day, but can be refrigerated and used for 2-3 days.

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Notes

How to Skip Straining: 
  • Use store-bought yogurt (it has added thickeners)
  • Use grated or diced cucumber instead of blended.  Wrap the cucumber in a towel, and wring out any excess water.  
  • You should still allow the sauce to rest for 2 hours in the fridge.
Serving Ideas:
  • Veggie Dip
  • Chip Dip
  • Add to a gyro (Greek classic)
  • Add to a veggie burger
Nutrition information does not include optional olive oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 9kcal | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 32mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 16mg