How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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For one of the best Greek recipes around, try out this homemade tzatziki sauce. Yogurt and cucumber makes this sauce incredibly creamy and light, ideal for sandwiches and vegetable dipping. This summer, mix up your dipping routine with this dish.

This year will be the first time in a long time that I have had enough space to grow herbs and vegetables outdoors. I am still waiting for the weather here to cooperate in terms of consistent warmth before I get all of my seedlings planted outdoors. However, I have already started growing my kale and dill outside and they are heartier plants. It’s still early, but I can already tell that I will be swimming in dill weed this summer.

This is not a bad thing, as then I have an excuse to make one of my favorite Greek recipes: homemade tzatziki. When I was younger, my family had a weird post-Thanksgiving tradition in that we would make the hourlong drive into Chicago to get gyros. This place was a real hole in the wall owned by an elderly Greek couple. What the place lacked in decor it more than made up for in flavor. They will always have the best gyros I have ever tasted. Unfortunately, the place closed a few years back, but this homemade tzatziki made with fresh dill I grew myself brings back all of those wonderful food memories.

Recipe: Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and shredded
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh dill weed
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced

In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.

Once thoroughly combined, cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Once sufficiently chilled, add salt and black pepper to taste.

Quick Notes:
Traditionally I would dump this tzatziki sauce over gyros, but it is far more versatile than just that. Try using this instead of mayo on sandwiches. Spread on grilled fish too for some extra pizazz. One of my favorite ways to use this homemade tzatziki is as a dipping sauce for fresh cut vegetables.

For a thicker sauce, use plain Greek yogurt. I happen to really like the flavor of fresh raw garlic, but you may want to use less minced garlic.

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, Gluten free

Culinary tradition: Greek

In the coming months, expect a lot more recipes with dill as I am sure I will be overflowing with the herb. Even if you are not a big fan of its flavor normally, the dill really does make this homemade tzatziki pop in my opinion. This recipe is so great because it has a lot of flavor but is generally on the lighter side. The yogurt, dill, and garlic have lots of flavor but not a lot of fat or calories. Enjoy!

Your turn: What is for favorite type of sauce? 



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