The word Tzatziki derives from the Persian zhazh which means herb mixture. Today it is a Greek Staple and is traditionally served in a bowl with Pita and Souvlaki, or spread over Pita and completed with Gyros meat, onions, tomatoes and/or fries.
Recipes similar to Tzatziki are very popular in Middle Eastern countries and the Southern Balkans
In Turkey, Cacik is a variation of Tzatziki with Sumac spice, fresh mint, and water: served as soup or side dish.
In Balkans countries, this sauce is named Tarator, and enriched with walnuts and sometimes minced onions. Tarator is also popular in Albania and often paired with grilled squid.
It is easy to make and if you want to stay traditional, all you have to make sure is that you use Greek Yoghurt, Cucumbers, and Garlic. Why Greek Yoghurt? Greek Yoghurt is creamier and richer so it has a better consistency. If you use another lighter yoghurt, it will not be as rich in flavor and as thick.
Its a great sauce for grilled meats, crudités, spread on sandwiches. Its great on grilled salmon.
Super easy to make and stays fresh for 3-4 days in the fridge.
Greek Yoghurt, Cucumber, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Dill, and Salt.
How to make delicious fresh Tzatziki
Prepare the cucumber. Cut off the ends, cut in two and scoop out the seeds. Then Grate each half with a grater, so that all the cucumber is in a bowl. If you do it lengthwise, then you will have a portion of the skin at the end to throw away. This is a good way to make sure you have skin in the tzatziki but not too much, otherwise it could become a little bitter.
Drain the Cucumber. You can just leave in a Sieve for 15 minutes or squeeze the liquid out with a cheese cloth. For me, the sieve works great.
Add the Cucumber, Yoghurt, Garlic, and Salt in a food processor. Let it Whirl! Once the consistency is as you like it, place in a bowl.
Add chopped dill and a splash of good olive oil. Taste to make sure salt is at desired level.
Ready to serve!
Serving Size 1/4 Cup
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 71kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 5g8%
- Saturated Fat 1.4g7%
- Cholesterol 5.6mg2%
- Sodium 122mg6%
- Total Carbohydrate 5.6g2%
- Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
- Sugars 2.3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.