Maybe it was working in Greek restaurants through college or settling in Tampa near the Greek community of Tarpon Springs as a newlywed, Greek food has my heart! And of all the Greek food I’ve made at home over the years, this recipe for homemade Tzatziki Sauce is the recipe I use the most. If you aren’t familiar with Tzaziki Sauce, it’s a creamy cucumber dill yogurt-based sauce that is usually served in gyros. I like it for dipping veggies, topping burgers, almost anything is better with Tzatziki on it! Best of all, it’s very simple to make and easy to adjust for your personal taste.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce (Tips!)
- if you skip draining the cucumbers you will have
a waterytzatziki, that is a very important step!
- This dip is best if it can sit in the refrigerator a few hours before serving. Try for at least 3 hours to let the flavors combine.
- Depending on how much you love dill (I’m not the biggest fan) you can reduce the amount and/or add it just before serving to temper the flavor a bit.
- This dip will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days but there will be liquid on the top you can either drain off or stir into the dip before serving.
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Mouth-watering homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a classic Greek dip recipe. Tangy yogurt combines with cucumber and dill for a sauce perfect for dipping vegetables or adding to gyros or burgers.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 12
- Category: appetizer
- Method: none
- Cuisine: Greek
- 3 cups plain Greek full-fat yogurt
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grate cucumber into a bowl.
- Wrap in a cheesecloth (improvise with a few layers of paper towel if you don’t have cheesecloth) and squeeze or press through a sieve to remove as much moisture as possible.
- In a food processor combine cucumber, garlic, and lemon juice. Pulse until combined. (For a smoother texture pulse more, for a chunkier dip pulse less.)
- Stir mixture into yogurt until uniform, add dill if desired or wait until just before serving.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
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