Always make Tzatziki at home. This sauce is so amazing, you’ll never want to buy it from the grocery store ever again.
Seriously, once you make this homemade Tzatziki sauce, you won’t even want to buy it from the store! It’s so much fresher with way more flavor. I always find the grocery store versions to be bland. Plus, I love controlling the ingredients I put into my sauce.
Tzatziki is a traditionally Greek dip or sauce, but it’s also served in some areas of Turkey. There, it is called Cacik. I love it because it goes with so many things. Healthy raw veggies, pita (gluten free for me, of course), any cooked vegetable, and most proteins! Spread it on a sandwich or eat it with a burger! I find it to be especially amazing with lamb chops.
- Persian Cucumber – I like using these because the skin is so thin and edible, you don’t have to peel them. Plus, it’s a bit less watery with less seeds. You can also use an English cucumber. But, any cucumber with a thicker skin, you’ll have to take time to peel.
- Greek Yogurt – I prefer to use full-fat. I always buy full-fat Greek yogurt because I use it for other things, like marinating chicken or making stews, where you’ll need full-fat. It’s also a bit thicker with better texture, but totally up to you!
- Garlic – If you don’t have a microplane to grate it, definitely get one, it’s my favorite cooking tool! But if you don’t want to get one, using a garlic press or hand chopping so it’s finely minced is fine too!
- Mint and Dill – I love the flavors both of these herbs bring to this recipe. I also love a good amount of fresh herbs. If you want less, put in less. if you only have dill on hand, only use dill.
- Box Grater
- Medium Bowl
- 1 Persian cucumber grated, excess water squeezed out
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 clove garlic grated on a microplane
- ½ tablespoon finely chopped mint
- ½ tablespoon finely chopped dill
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Taste and season with more Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.