Homemade Tzatziki sauce is so easy to make yourself. Just a couple of fresh ingredients and you will have a homemade sauce that you'll love!
I can eat this homemade tzatziki sauce by the spoonfuls just by itself! This easy homemade sauce is a staple in our home and we can't live without it.
It is easier to make than you may realize and can be used for a wide variety of things. My favorite being with Steak Gyros!
Secret Tip For Making Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
There is one pro tip when making this sauce.
Grating the cucumbers is KEY.
First, start by peeling the cucumber and slicing the ends off. I just use a simple veggie peeler (affiliate link) for this ....it makes it a breeze!
Then with your cheese grater*, grate along side the largest whole.
Next, spread the grated cucumber out on a couple of layers of paper towels, and sprinkle with a little salt. The salt will help draw out the extra moisture from the cucumbers which is necessary for a smooth and thick tzatziki sauce.
Wait for about 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the dip.
Then, bring together the corners of the paper towels and squeeze out all the excess moisture from the cucumbers over the sink. Squeeze until you have gotten as much of the excess water out as you can and then add it right into the yogurt sauce.
Grating the cucumber gives the best texture and taste for tzatziki sauce. Plus it is super easy and you won't have to spend extra time finely dicing a whole cucumber!
How to Make Tzatiki Sauce
The ingredients you will need are:
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- Non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Olive oil
- Dill (fresh is best but dried can be used if needed)
- Salt and pepper
- Peel your cucumber and grate using the largest grating hole on a cheese grater. Lay on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a bowl add in greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Squeeze all the excess water out of the cucumbers over the sink and then add into the greek yogurt mixture. Mix to combine. Add more salt or pepper to taste if needed.
What to Use Tzatziki Sauce For
So many things!
- Dipping sauce for fresh veggies and pita chips - makes for an excellent appetizer
- Serve alongside grilled chicken and veggie kabobs
- Use as a dressing in a salad - make it a Greek salad for even more of a punch (romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, olives, feta and your choice of protein)
Do I Have to Use Fresh Dill in this Recipe or Can I Use Dried?
Dill is a key ingredient in tzatziki sauce.
Fresh is always best and preferred, but if you don't have any, dried dill can be used as well.
For fresh dill, use about a tablespoon in the tzatziki sauce.
For dried dill, use 1 teaspoon.
How to Store Leftovers
Tzatziki sauce can be kept for up to 7 days. Just store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
This is great to prep for the week and enjoy in many different ways!
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