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Tzatziki Recipe

The Basics: Tzatziki

My favorite Greek condiment is tzatziki, a cooling sauce that's served with grilled meat, souvlaki, and gyros. It's made with Greek yogurt that's been strained, so it has a super thick texture, and cucumbers. This recipe calls for dill, but you can add whatever herbs you have on hand. Parsley works well as do mint and basil. Check out the method after the break.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


Tzatziki Recipe 2011-05-20 16:52:46


1 pint plain whole Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber, seeded and grated
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill, minced
Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth or paper-towel-lined sieve and set it over a bowl. In a separate bowl, toss cucumber with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Place it in a paper-towel-lined sieve and set it over a bowl. Allow both bowls to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to drain.
  2. Transfer the thickened yogurt to a large bowl. Squeeze as much liquid from the cucumber as you can and add the cucumber to the yogurt.
  3. Mix in the sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  4. You can serve it immediately or allow the tzatziki to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours for the flavors to blend. Serve chilled or at room temperature with Greek cuisine.
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zeze zeze 4 years
The middle eastern version is made with plain middle eastern yogurt (Lebne) instead of the yogurt/sour cream mix and mint instead of the dill - AMMMMaaazing. I use it to dip whole wheat crostini instead of chips and onion dip.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Love this stuff! Soooo good on baked or grilled salmon. :feedme:
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
aleekat: I wonder if you can use vegan cashew crema or plain soy yogurt?
a-lee a-lee 4 years
Is there a vegan alternative?
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