Tzatziki (Τζατζίκι). Seriously, who doesn’t like this stuff? I remember the first time I made it for Jane, it was her first time having authentic non-watery tzatziki. She absolutely loved it, and to this day we (and a lot of times just her) make it several times a month.
This combination of cool yogurt and nicely balanced dill and garlic give this a phenomenal flavor.
While most may have this on top of a gyro or alongside some souvlaki , we love to have tzatziki alongside some nice bread.
Tzatziki | Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip
The thing I love most about making tzatziki is the organic process involved. There is no perfect recipe for this cucumber based dip. Below is a Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip recipe that’s been in my family for a very long time, as it stands, it’s the minimum requirements. However, you’ll notice that sometimes you may need more of an ingredient. Really, no two tzatziki makings will be the same!
Also, for a big tip–you need to let the flavors of the Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce mix and work together. By that I mean flavors that may seem lacking (or mild) may come to life during the sitting process. So, make the dip, put it in the refrigerator for a few hours and take it out and test it again–you’ll be amazed on how different it tastes and how flavors become present.
Lastly, traditional tzatziki is thick and creamy, so make sure you squeeze out all the water from the cucumbers before adding.
Give it a go and let us know how you like this traditional Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip !
καλή όρεξη! (Kali orexi – enjoy your meal!)
Greek Tzatziki | Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Fantastic Greek dip you'll love!
- 17 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- ½ English cucumber peeled
- 3 tablespoons Greek olive oil
- 1 lemon, juice
- 1-2 teaspoon Sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1-2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 small garlic clove, pressed (if you're a garlic lover, feel free to add more after tasting.)
- Place Greek yogurt in a bowl.
- Grate cucumber on plate.
- Squeeze out all juices from cucumber and add to yogurt.
- Combine remaining ingredients in bowl.
- Mix well.
- Resting period. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 4-6hrs. Preferably, overnight. (suggested but not needed).
*Above is a recipe that's been in our family for a very long time. As it stands, it's really just the minimum requirement, so use it as a base. You'll notice that sometimes you may need to add more of an ingredient. Really, no two tzatziki makings will be the same!
*Flavor tip: you really should let the flavors mix and work together. Flavors that may seem lacking (or mild) may come to life during the resting process. So, make the dip, put it in the refrigerator for a few hours, and take it out and test it again--you'll be amazed at how different it tastes and how different flavors become present.
*Lastly, traditional tzatziki is thick and creamy; so make sure you squeeze out all the water from the cucumbers before adding.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Your tzatsiki, with it’s added lemon zest and fresh mint, soudns wonderful. I imagine it’s delicious served with some really simple grilled fish or chicken, marinated in olive oil and a little oregano. Thanks for sharing
Kenton Kotsiris says
Yes, we think it goes great with those things! 🙂
We had your tzatziki with our souvlaki tonight…YUMMM! I thought it would be too tart but it actually was perfect! It makes a LOT, however, so I’ll be making more souvlaki to use it up!
Kenton Kotsiris says
Hi Patty, glad you liked it. Having extra tzatziki is the best part! You’ll find it takes on a grater flavor profile the following day. It’s a perfect dip for veggies and breads. Best part is it’s healthy and packed with protein.
Kary Holland says
Look no further! These specific ingredients combined, create the most full-flavored, well-rounded, tzatziki I have ever tasted. I started with the minimum amounts and tweaked to our preference, using a whole English cucumber. This sauce was the star of my Greek meal that would have made my grandfather proud. Thanks for sharing.