If you don’t already know, I am pretty much obsessed with Greek food. The flavours, the ingredients, the freshness… just the thought of it is mouth-watering for me. Last night, my friend and I went to a Greek restaurant after a long day of hiking in the sun. I ordered my usual: souvlaki with a few extra sides of tzatziki sauce. 🙂 So, I was inspired to make my own homemade tzatziki sauce. The result was just what I expected. Perfect.
Tzatziki sauce is the essential part of any Greek dish. You coat your meat (Greek souvlaki chicken breast) and Greek potatoes with it, you dip your pita bread in it, or spread it onto your sandwich or pita wrap. I also use it for dipping raw veggies or as a salad dressing. So delicious!
Make it “Greek night” tonight with these dishes:
- The Perfect Greek Salad
- The Juiciest Baked Chicken Breast with Greek Souvlaki Marinade
Looking for the perfect dip that goes with everything? Make classic, refreshing and cool tzatziki sauce in just a matter of minutes.
- 3/4 large cucumber, unpeeled
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon)
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- kalamata olives (for garnish)
- pita bread (for dipping)
- Grate the cucumber and drain through a cheesecloth, fine mesh sieve or using your hands.
- Transfer drained cucumber to a medium bowl. Add the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to let the flavours infuse into the yogurt.
- Serve with pita bread and olives.
This tastes best when chilled overnight.