This Easy Tzatziki recipe is probably easier to make than you think, and definitely tastier than what you buy at the supermarket! Tzatziki is a Greek sauce or dip that is usually served with Greek food such as grilled meats (souvlaki) or as an appetizer with Greek Pita bread.
I’m sometimes surprised how people’s lack of knowledge of food cultures sometimes confuses their food choices. For instance, Tzatziki being Greek, wouldn’t be served with a Moroccan dish just because they are both from the mediterranean. Raita which is a cucumber yogurt sauce used in Indian cooking, also wouldn’t go with Greek Souvlaki instead of Tzatziki. Some food fusions just don’t work.
My friend Katerina, who is from Greece, swears by this simple Easy Tzatziki recipe. She introduced us to Toasted Turkish Bread with Feta and Olives recipe, a family favourite now! Katerina is my ‘Greek food’ authority, and her Tzatziki is amazing.
When preparing the grated cucumber, ensure you remove as much liquid as possible to prevent the Tzatziki going soggy. In Greece, some people hang the grated cucumber in cheesecloth overnight allowing the juices to drip out. I am usually in a hurry and simply use my hands to squeeze out the cucumber juices from the grated pulp.
With all recipes, your tastebuds should determine your specific tastes. Do you like more garlic? Then add another clove, it’s going to be ok. Some people are scared to deviate from recipes. My suggestion is to taste, and adjust as required.
Greeks usually use white or red wine vinegar when making Tzatzki sauce. The addition of lemon juice instead of vinegar, is a recent American addition. My suggestion is to make this recipe authentic style, like the Greeks have been doing for thousands of years.
The Turkish people also have a similar dish called Cacik. Without getting into food politics, there are some common threads from the Greek and Turkish recipes.
So enjoy this Easy Tzatziki recipe. It is quicker to make this at home than driving to the store to buy some. It’s also authentic and delicious. Greeks never joke when it comes to food, they’ve had thousands of years to perfect their recipes. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- ½ Long English Cucumber
- 2 cups of plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
- Grate the cucumber. Using your hand, squeeze all the juices out.
- In a bowl, combine squeezed grated cucumber with the Greek Yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and dill.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours for flavours to meld together. Enjoy