Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a classic and refreshing dip made with yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. It is a staple in Greek cuisine and is typically served as a starter or side dish. The sauce has a smooth and creamy texture, with a tangy and slightly sour taste that is perfectly balanced by the coolness of the cucumber.
Tzatziki is a favorite for many people who visit Greece. It is often served as an appetizer, accompanied by fresh bread or pita, and sometimes even as a condiment with grilled meats. This versatile sauce is so beloved because it is light and refreshing. It is perfect for hot summer days when a heavy meal is not as appealing.
What makes Greek cuisine so special is its emphasis on fresh, simple ingredients. Tzatziki is no exception. The cucumber is finely grated and mixed with Greek yogurt, while the garlic is minced and added for a punch of flavor. Finally, fresh herbs such as dill, mint, or parsley can be added to complete the dish. After travelling in Greece for so many times and as a Mediterranean cuisine lover, it’s no surprise that I love Tzatziki so much.
How to make Greek Tzatziki Sauce
First, prepare the cucumber for the tzatziki sauce. Choose a seedless cucumber, such as an English cucumber. If you must use one with seeds, remove them to ensure the sauce’s desired consistency. Grate the cucumber using the larger holes of a grater. Then extract as much liquid as possible by squeezing it with your hands or a clean dishtowel. Place the drained cucumber in a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, including garlic, strained Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. Mix thoroughly and season with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce immediately with fresh crusty bread, pita bread, or breadsticks. Store any leftover tzatziki in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Greek Tzatziki sauce is a delicious and refreshing dip that is a staple in Greek cuisine. Its simple yet flavorful ingredients make it a favorite for many, including those who love Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re enjoying it as a starter, side dish, or condiment, Tzatziki is a must-try dish for anyone. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you try it out. Enjoy!
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Greek Tzatziki Sauce
- 3.5 oz (100g) cucumber
- 1 clove of garlic , minced
- 1 cup (240g) Greek yogurt , strained
- 2 tbsp (30g) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp (5ml) red wine vinegar
- freshly ground black pepper
Prepare the cucumber.
- Use a seedless cucumber like the English cucumber or if you use a seed one make sure to remove the seeds in order to get the desired consistency of the sauce.
- Grate the cucumber using the larger holes of the grater. Squeeze well the grated cucumber to remove as much liquid as possible. For this, simply use your hands or transfer the grated cucumber onto a clean dishtowel and squeeze well.
Prepare the tzatziki sauce.
- Transfer the drained cucumber to a medium bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, the garlic, strained Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Mix to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately with some fresh crusty bread, pita, fresh veggies or bread sticks.
- Refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3 days.