As I said in the Greek yogurt article, I love Greek food – Gyros with Tzatziki sauce is as good to me as a grilled burger. I have tried several times to get this recipe right (by experimentation and guesswork) but once I started looking online I found out simple it really is to make homemade Tzatzki Sauce.
There are as many ways to make this as there are cooks who make it. It is made thick and eaten like a salad- made thin and drunk like a smoothie, or like the recipe here, made medium thick and used as a condiment.
The only common denominator in most Tzatziki recipes is the use of cucumber and yogurt – even though traditional Greek recipes call for dill also. Depending on what region – or even country you go to oils are added or other spices and nuts.
- 1 Medium cucumber
- 2 cups Greek Yogurt
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
- 4 teaspoons chopped fresh dill (optional)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
- Peel and slice cucumber in half
- With a sharp pointed spoon, scrape out seeds
- Slice cucumber and place cucumber in colander; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt to draw out moisture.
- Let stand 30 minutes.
- Combine cucumber, yogurt, and any optional ingredients desired in a blender or food processor
- Process until well blended. (see all the water released from pureeing the cucumber – if you did not use salt on cucumber slices then this mixture would be like a soup.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.